Open-air cinema calls by Rotherham town centre

By Dave Doyle | 10/07/2017

Open-air cinema calls by Rotherham town centre

A BOAT-based open-air cinema screening in the town centre proved a silver screen treat for film fans.

Up Projects’ floating cinema berthed next to Forge Island, in the River Don, to show movies and short films after dark on Wednesday and attracted 50 viewers.

The main event was a showing of Offside — an Iranian film about teens battling to watch a World Cup football match.

Before that, one episode of On the Bench — a short film biography project by Harry Meadley — profiled Rotherham playwright Tair Rafiq.

On Saturday, the barge-borne cinema travelled to Swinton Lock to show Wadjda — a Saudi movie about a girl striving for the bicycle of her dreams — and On the Bench, which featured sculptor and multimedia artist Deborah Frith.

The project was funded by Arts Council England, the British Film Institute, the Canal City Trust, Hull City Council and others.

Offering free tickets to all attendees, it coincides with Hull’s tenure as City of Culture 2017.

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