Ten things to see at this year’s Brighton Big Screen


Brighton’s open air beach cinema has become one of the city’s staple summer attractions in recent years. Situated between the Brighton Wheel and Pier, The imaginatively named Big Screen has been running since 2013, and will return August 14th for over a month of movies and sporting events. This time however, it will be accompanied by a hipster bar built from bits of old wood stuck to a shipping container, and will also feature several pop up restaurants to complete the vibe. Here are our picks of what to watch this summer, in no particular order (daytime showings are free and evening films start from £3):

1. Interstellar

Interstellar was the must-see sci-fi of last winter, and for good reason. Directed by Christopher Nolan, and starring a good Matthew McConaughey, it is certainly worth seeing (However I still don’t fully understand the ending). Showing on the 22nd August and 2nd of September at 17:00.

2. The Grand Budapest Hotel

Wes Anderson’s quirky film about the adventures of a hotel lobby boy set during a fictional Nazi Germany makes for exciting and often hilarious viewing – it got the joint most nominations at last year’s Oscars. Showing on the 16th and 31st of August at 20:30.

3. Rugby World Cup

Unfortunately it opens too late this year to catch any Tennis action, but from September the 18th the Big Screen will be transformed into a Rugby World Cup ‘Fanzone’ (which will be free to enter). It will show all the matches playing during the first weekend of the tournament, and will have a capacity of 10,000. Apparently there will be some other rugby related activities too.

4. Quadrophenia

If you live in Brighton and haven’t seen this 1979 classic of a film then shame on you! With an original soundtrack by The Who , Quadrophenia is part of Brighton’s cultural fabric. No matter how much you think you like rock music, you’ll be a mod by the end of this film. Showing on the 30th August (19:45) and 12th September (20:00).

5. Belgian Grand Prix

The legendary spa circuit is far less relaxing than its name may suggest – it will keep you on the edge of your seat. The current league tables are neck and neck, so it should be an exiting race. The qualifiers show on 22nd August (14:00), with the race itself being broadcast at 13:00 the next day.

6. Pride

This 2014 political comedy-drama has won acclaim from critics and audiences alike. It stars Bill Nighy and the actress who plays Dolores Umbridge in Harry Potter, and it won a BAFTA last year. It features a group of LGBT people who decide to pledge their support to the miners in their struggle against Thatcher. Showing 14th August (20:15) and 27th August (17:30).

7. Pulp Fiction

A cult classic featuring a fat John Travolta and Samuel L Jackson. What more do you want? Showing 21st August at 19:45.

8. Toy Story 3

This film is the only animated film to ever make me cry. Showing at 14:00 on the 17th and 27th August, and the 3rd and 10th of September.

9. Boyhood

This oscar winning movie was filmed over 12 years and depicts Ethan Hawke, and an actual boy growing up in real-time. It is as good as its hyped up to be. Showing 1st September at 19:30.

10. Big Beach Short Films

Last but not least, over the course of its 2015 season the Big Screen will host showings of short films by the University of Brighton and local film makers. Last year we went to Beyond The Wave, a collection of nautically themed shorts, and it was pretty wavey. Showing throughout, daytime. 

• Brighton’s Big Screen opens on the 14th of August. The full schedule can be found here.


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