Park your cars or dock your canal boats… and relax by the water for Manchester’s first ever float-in, pop-up cinema – and now a second movie has been added to the unusual film event’s bill.
Following a flood of votes via Twitter, Wes Anderson’s 2004 comedy-drama The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou was chosen as the second film.
It will screen at Piccadilly Basin’s 2012 Canal Festival on Thursday August 23 in Town Centre Securities’ Ducie Street Car park.
Captain America: The First Avenger, partly filmed just around the corner from Piccadilly Basin in 2010, will be screened the night before.
Suzanne Gallagher, Asset Manager for Town Centre Securities (TCS) which owns the car park where the screenings will be held, said: “This is highly original way of using this attractive canal-side setting and we’re really pleased to host it.”
Anderson’s film was up against the likes of other water-themed classics, Jaws and Finding Nemo. The film tells the tale of Steve Zissou, played by Bill Murray an eccentric oceanographer who sets out on a mission to exact revenge on the ‘Jaguar shark’ that ate a member of his crew. Perfect for the film’s setting in Manchester’s calm canals.
Ms Gallagher added: “Not only does this give those that work in the Piccadilly Basin the opportunity to enjoy the area in a very different way, but we hope this two-day event will encourage newcomers to discover it for the first time. Over the past few years TCS has invested heavily in regenerating the Piccadilly Basin, improving the waterways, restoring historic buildings and designing architecturally impressive new ones, and we’re very proud of what’s been achieved.”
This free, two-day event is organised by Piccadilly Partnership and CityCo in association with The Printworks, and will cater for up to four hundred and fifty people each night on a first-come, first-served basis.
Fred Booth, Centre Director, The Printworks said: “We’re so pleased to be able to support such an innovative event in the city centre. Cinema is a huge part of The Printworks offering with our Odeon IMAX being the only one of its kind in the entire North West. Captain America proved a popular film for our Manchester movie fans so I’m sure it will fly the flag ensuring more float in movie dates in the future.”
Visitors will enjoy a whole host of activities for the Festival that will animate its route meandering along the Canal from Calderdale into the urban heart of Manchester city centre.
Events include: kayaking, fishing, nature trails, an Urban Canal photography course with Manchester Photographic, landscape artist Serena Finzel’s permanent oasis installation – the ‘Floating Garden’ in Jackson’s wharf and traditional canal craft where Brewer St Bridge will be decorated with brightly-coloured traditional yarn and knot-work in recognition of the area’s canal heritage.
The Northern Quarter’s award-winning restaurant, Ning, will be on-hand serving hot noodles from 6pm and the limited bar will open for those post-work and pre-film drinks, all in a garden setting. Those arriving early will be treated to larger-than-life projections of the 40 winning images short-listed for Manchester Photographic’s Urban Canal photography prize.
Film-goers will also be able to see a stop-motion film of the world’s first permanent Lomography Wall located on nearby Tariff Street and the recent ‘Atelier [Zero]’ film.
Bring a portable FM radio along to tune in to the film - or set your car radio, drive-in movie style. A limited number of radios and speakers will be available on the night from the organisers.
There will be free parking on both evenings at the Urban Exchange retail development on Great Ancoats Street. Access to the site is on Ducie Street for cars, via the Brewer Street Bridge for those walking and any barges should moor at Lock 83 of the Rochdale Canal.
Screenings will begin at 8.30pm. The site will close at 11pm.
See www.myrochdalecanal.org.uk for full festival details along the canal.