Big Sky Cinema Blog Post for …and may all your Christmases be white”, thanks for joining us in 2017!

…and may all your Christmases be white”, thanks for joining us in 2017!

As we are all winding down for Christmas and preparing for our festivities and traditions, while wrapping those last presents and buying last minute gifts online – let’s be honest we all do it. We thought we would take a few minutes to give every single one of our customers this year a giant virtual hug, and in case you will not be attending our final screenings later this week then we would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

In the film industry, the festive season kicks off with Halloween in October, as it is the first time where the films truly take centre stage in everyday life. Netflix and other streaming options create more collections and upload more horror films and shows. The blockbuster season draws to a close in cinemas and audiences are greeted with an onslaught of horror movies.

Throughout October we got screen some absolute classics of cinema and delightfully scare some audiences. A highlight was getting to use our new indoor cinema set up with the historic Lady Margaret Hall at Welbeck Abbey – the vintage hall setting certainly increased the creepy factor at our screening of The Omen. Then seeing the 1980’s special effects of A Nightmare on Elm Street come to life once more against the backdrop of a very dark night on a huge screen was unique. If you were lucky enough to have a ticket to the sold out Rocky Horror Picture Show screening then you will be aware of all the effort everyone made with their costumes and support, even Blend and their staff got involved.

We sat down and had a season debrief ahead of our final festive 2017 events last week and realised that as 2018 rolls around we will have screened 15 films over 5 months. The concept of booking events and venues in the UK for Big Sky Cinema only came to fruition in May 2017. We hosted our first event with Blend, screening the excellent, nostalgic Back to the Future in July. We have followed this up working with five very different venues and delighting hundreds of audience members in some unique settings. So we need to say a huge thank you for letting us be able to do all of this, it is all born of a passion for film and sharing it, and without an audience, we could not do any of it so here is to all of you, our film loving community.

We hosted our first event with Blend, screening the excellent, nostalgic Back to the Future in July 2017

What are our plans for next year you ask? Well, we are in talks with the film licensing agencies and our partner venues planning our 2018 season and it is exciting! If you have a movie you would like us to screen or an event that you want to hire us for then, please get in touch in the new year and we will see what we can do.

Right, we best be off to dust off our kit for the final few screenings. There’s still a couple of seats left for Die Hard on Friday 22nd Dec at Blend – we are even going to be playing a slightly special version of bingo as we watch – if you are a Hans Gruber fan and a McClane expert, this is the film event for you. Or if you prefer a family favourite then we are seeing in Christmas with It’s A Wonderful Life at Welbeck Abbey on Thursday 21st Dec – both films are indoor screenings.

You can grab tickets for our final events of this year online through our box office.

See you in 2018!

Big Sky Cinema Blog Post for Scalarama Film Festival and the Importance of our Film Community!

Scalarama Film Festival and the Importance of our Film Community!

We all know that the start of a new calendar year sees all the fancy awards ceremonies and that summer is Blockbuster season for new releases. Are you aware of the importance of September in a film fan’s calendar though? A now international film festival occurs, which sees Nottingham’s film showing community come together for a month to put on some awesome events and this is the first year that we get to be a part of this iconic film festival – it is safe to say that we are excited!

So what is Scalarama ? Seven years ago a one-off film festival began in London, occupying a few bars and cafes who put up temporary screens and offered a cinema experience to audiences. It’s grown year on year, and now in its sixth year Nottingham sees many film clubs and societies band together and curate a programme that tries to show things a bit more unique. The primary intention of Scalarama is to ‘fill the land with cinemas’ and working with a pop-up cinema we certainly fulfil that requirement. It’s all about turning unexpected venues and spaces that wouldn’t typically be related to films into something different for a night or a series of screenings.

Now several years on Scalarama involves over 70 locations internationally and supports hundreds of film clubs in its pure intention of building cinemas across the land. Nottingham has played a significant part over the past few years and this year was no different as the city hosted some unique events and collaborations. It’s a selection of eclectic and exciting content, you’re likely to see films that you’ve never heard of, enjoy classics in new ways that you never thought possible and you are likely to make a bunch of new film obsessive friends to share your cinematic adventures with.

Take a look at the trailer below to see what was on offer this year, besides our own events we particularly loved the collaboration of Porlock Press and The Film Exchange’s interactive screening of The Running Man at Laser Quest and Fortune and Glory Film Club’s screening of Scott Pilgrim.

We personally delighted a bunch of true film fans who quoted The Princess Bride word for word, worked with a new venue and screened this year’s big Oscar winner La La Land at Welbeck Abbey and continued the musical vibe with a screening of the iconic and very special West Side Story at Blend – it was rather busy , if you have any suggestions for what you’d like to see next year, let us know!

One of the beauties of cinema is being able to bring people together, allowing fellow fans to quote along and enjoy the experience. So when multiple film groups, clubs, societies and cinemas come together to combine their film picking powers, it is nothing short of brilliant.

Something that we have learnt this season is that when watching films outdoors under the stars, these feelings of community are heightened with sing-a-longs and audience participation. We recently ended our summer season with Mamma Mia at Hodsock Priory and Rocky Horror Picture Show at Blend – and one of our favourite moments was the giant sing-a-long as the credits rolled, as everyone was just so happy and having a great time at both events. Film as a medium really does bring people together.

For us, cinema offers the chance to indulge in some escapism, and we hope that we provided that across September. We’re already looking forward to next year’s Scalarama programming. If you missed out this year, then take a look at the trailer to see what to expect in 2018 when Nottingham’s film community reunites once more.