The glitz and glamour of show business is heading to Brindleyplace next month as the estate hosts its first ever outdoor film festival.
Organised in partnership with Cineworld on Broad Street, the two week film festival will take place in Central Square at Brindleyplace from Monday 13th August to Monday 27th August, and will be open to employees of those businesses based at Brindleyplace, along with the general public.
Boasting a theme of ‘childhood favourites’, the Brindleyplace Film Festival will showcase a total of 19 films (all certificate PG or below) that people either loved when they were young or that children love today. Evening films will be screened at 6pm from Monday to Friday and there will be two showings, one at 11am and the other at 2pm, on Saturday, Sunday and bank holiday Monday.
The Brindleyplace Film Festival has been made possible by tenants of Brindleyplace who have contributed significant monetary donations in support of the event.
Kate Fittall, destination marketing manager, GVA, said: “This is the first time that visitors, tenants and the general public in Birmingham will be able to come together at Brindleyplace to enjoy some brilliant films in the open air.
“Being able to watch a film outdoors has an old-school, romantic and rather quirky appeal about it. Hosting our very own open-air film festival is something that we have wanted to do at Brindleyplace for a long while and it is incredibly exciting that, thanks to the support from our tenants, we are able to make it happen this year.
“We have had a huge number of film suggestions from our tenants at Brindleyplace and we are now compiling the shortlist of films which we feel will help to bring back only the best childhood memories.
“Even though we haven’t had the warmest summer to shout about, I hope everyone pops along to the film festival come rain or shine – just bring a brolly! Fingers crossed we can make this an annual event in Birmingham and something which draws more and more people to the city.”
To add to the excitement, take-away options will be available from a number of Brindleyplace restaurants, including wagamama, Piccolino and Thai Edge, for those people watching the films during the festival. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own chairs or blankets to use whilst watching the films as seating will not be provided.
Open air cinema dates back to the 1900s when it was used as a method to introduce cinematography to new communities. Since then, watching films outdoors has grown in popularity, reporting a boom in the 1950s and 1980s. Today, is has an almost vintage appeal, with many people attracted to the more unusual outdoor setting.
Brindleyplace will also be hosting live screening of this year’s Olympics and Paralympics in the run-up to the Brindleyplace Film Festival.
Timings and film listings have now been listed on the Brindleyplace website and listings will also be visible around the estate, ensuring tenants and visitors don’t miss their favourite film.