Secret Cinema

21 05 2013

GOOD LogoDon’t tell anyone.

No, seriously.

It says so on the tickets. In big sensible writing it says TELL NO ONE.

Of course, I’m going to tell you though. I mean, keeping secrets is what you’re great at huh, Internet?

Secret Cinema is a new, different, immersive way to watch movies. Have you ever seen a film and loved it so much that you just wanted to live in that world? Secret Cinema, for one night, lets you do that. Have you ever thought about just booking a ticket for a movie, not knowing what you’ll see, but knowing that you’ll meet fantastic people and have a great time, no matter if you like the film or not? Secret Cinema gives you that too.

Last weekend Gabby and I travelled down to our fair (?) capital to attend Secret Cinema 20. After having a thoroughly good, if abjectly scary time at Secret Cinema 19, we decided to go again this year. Am I glad we did!

I’m not going to tell you what film we saw, but I will tell you that after we bought our tickets, we were sent a link to the intranet site for an organisation called G.O.O.D. and told that we’d been given new jobs and had to visit the intranet site every day. Closer to the opening day of SC20 a huge meet up happened in London, bringing with it news of a popup shop for G.O.O.D. Careers and a music video featuring Thom Yorke dancing. Closer to the day of our visit we were given our new jobs at G.O.O.D. I was to be in the Committee for Credit Creation, and was advised to bring a solution to the financial crisis and a penny (to help us get out of debt, you see). Gabby was given a different job and we both queued up at different entrances.

For the first hour we both went and did our own, odd tasks which included pointing, shouting, throwing, headdesking, drinking booze and chatting to folks. We finally met up and explored the rest of the huge Croydon office that Future Cinema (confusingly, the company that runs Secret Cinema) had rented out for the event.

I’m not going to tell you anything more, save that there were brilliant improv performances by so many actors, and you get much more out of the experience the more you put in. Going in costume is only the start. If you’re willing to engage with the actors, make a fool of yourself and get into the spirit of the thing, you’ll have an even better time.

In that way it’s a bit like D&D.

You should probably try it.

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Tuesday, May 21st, 2013 Neil

6 Comments to Secret Cinema

  1. Hello! I’m so excited! Even more excited after reading this! However, I’m unsure what the dress code is and I’m going tomorrow! Please give me a clue! I have also been given your job title and would love to dress up!

  2. Jay on May 22nd, 2013
  3. Hey! Glad to hear you’re going!
    We went businessey and seemed to fit in with most other folks. Think classy office and you’ll be fine. If you can go 1930s then even better!
    I highly recommend hanging around the entrance for daily exercises, dancing and security training.

  4. Neil on May 23rd, 2013
  5. Both stories you’ve told me so far have made me jealous of your experiences sir. I’ll obviously not give anything away here but, given what you’ve described, I really do hope this is something that may expand beyond the capital and perhaps then I’ll be able to experience it for myself. I used to really love improv drama and, as you well know, enjoy the movies very much.

  6. Ado on May 27th, 2013
  7. hey! I am going next week and have been given the same job and title as you! Very excited but little confused on proposed solution to the financial crisis? What exactly am i sposed to take with me? HELP!

  8. Preeti on May 31st, 2013
  9. I believe our solution was to “Kill the bastard that started it” but we also had suggestions like “tax the rich more”, “tax the poor more”, “give 2 pennies instead of 1″.

    Just come up with something goofy :)

  10. Neil on June 1st, 2013
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