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Spectacular, Spectacular! Moulin Rouge experience at The Mockingbird, written by Anna Grumm

I was lucky enough to be invited to join the fun-filled screening of the infamous Moulin Rouge romance on the 6th of May. This was my first visit to the independent cinema and it could not have been a more eventful and exciting debut!

As I entered the venue I felt instantly transferred to the Montmartre district of Paris in 1900; swooned away by the most glamorous and risque outfits of the many enthusiastic visitors! Corsets, red satin, black lace masks, tulle skirts and of course big top hats. The atmosphere was buzzing, everyone was gathered around the bar for some refreshment before taking their seats into the theatre, excited to witness the young poet Christian falling passionately in love with the beautiful star showgirl Satine.

During the screening, I did not only get to enjoy the actor’s performances but also witness a couple of impressive solos by people in the audience singing along to the soundtrack at the top of their lungs! After the heart-breaking ending of Moulin Rouge, a presenter announces that this is only starting off an eventful evening and many more highlights are yet to come, “The show must go on!”

After a short break, everyone had the pleasure to watch a unique burlesque show. The ladies heated up the venue with their dance performances that involve plenty of costume changes, starring as a pilot, a professor, a cancan girl and even a piñata, causing the audience to almost over-exert its laugh muscles. Next up was a young magician, who blew the audience away with a number of magic tricks, such as my personal favourite, concurring a five-pound note out of a lime fruit – spectacular!

The whole event was a vibrant experience and I am looking forward to joining in for another event soon! The Mockingbird is firmly on the Midlands heat map as a destination venue for event cinema!

BPREVIEW: Alien: Covenant @ The Mockingbird – midnight 11/12.05.17

At one minute past midnight on Friday 12th May, Alien: Covenant will be screened at The Mockingbird Cinema & Kitchen, in The Custard Factory.

Out on general UK release from 12th May, this special late night/early morning screening will be Birmingham’s first chance to see the latest film in the Alien franchise. The ‘build up’ will start in The Mockingbird front bar from 10pm on Thursday 11th May, with people taking their seats to watch Alien: Covenant as the clock strikes twelve. Tickets are priced at £9.50 – available for advance purchase from the link here.

Alien: Covenant will be further shown at The Mockingbird from 12th to 18th May, with four daily screenings at 12:40pm, 3:15pm, 5:50pm, 8:25pm.

Something’s are a good idea. Whoever decided to schedule a screening of ‘the latest Alien film’ at midnight, as we enter the first minute the UK is licensed to see it, deserves a hearty pat on the back.

Seldom does a sci-fi franchise accumulate such a polarised audience; from the brooding genius of the 1979 Alan Dean Foster adaptation to the fast pace farce that was Alien Vs Predator, the H.R. Giger inspired Xenomorph has been talked about for nearly forty years. So come and see the new film before anyone else in England, a week before the USA/Canada, then walk home through a pitch black empty city. And at 3am on a weekday in Digbeth, no one can hear you scream…

Article courtesy of Ed King at Birmingham Review.