Tuesday 19th August 2014
Visited The Cinema Museum for the guided tour. http://www.cinemamuseum.org.uk/
The tour was guided by the Cinema Museum co-founders Ronald Grant and Martin Humphries. They explained the history of the building when it was a part of Lambeth Workhouse and the times Charlie Chaplin spent sometime as a child.
The museum is filled with collections of film posters, publications, projectors, cinema signs and film reels.
It was very interesting to hear the cinema used to screen double bill on a loop and you could enter the theatre at any time if there were seats available.
For the short period of time there was a film rating category “H” for horrific films.
I also enjoyed nice refreshments and biscuits in the middle of the tour, while sniffing the smell of antiseptic perfume, which used to be sprayed in the theatre in 50’s to cover the smell of cigarette and kills the bacterias of
infectious diseases in the air.
At the end of the tour, they showed 5 short films including a short documentary of flood in Paris in 1910, the last days of London trams, experimental drawn-on-the-film animation that tells cheaper postal fees.
The Cinema Museum is a great place to visit, full of histories and stories.
Friday 1st August 2014
Visited House of Illustration for the first time to see Quentin Blake: Inside Stories.
Quentin Blake has made illustrations for the children’s books such as Roald Dahl’s The Twits and Danny the Champion of the World to his own Clown and David Williams’s The Boy in The Dress.
His quick flow of drawing could only be done with the great skills. His skills in capturing the certain movements of the characters and moods are amazing.
Thursday 31st July 2014 I went to the Secret Cinema screening of Back to the Future. They cancelled the first 4 shows and we happened to be there on the first night! Lucky! They don’t allow photographs in Hill Valley, so no photos. But it was so much fun to spot all the main characters and dance to the songs of the Enchantment Under the Sea Dance. And of course, the film was amazing!!!!