Free Range Film Club Brings Car-Free Alfresco Cinema to London

Car-free households rejoice – the first alfresco cinema series that doesn’t require four wheels has announced three London venues!


*UPDATE*
Unfortunately the Free Range Film Club has been cancelled due to uncertainties caused by the possibility of local lockdowns. More here freerangeclub.co.uk


All photos courtesy Free Range Film Club

Drive-in cinemas are hot property this summer, but many Londoners don’t drive, leaving them bereft of that Grease singalong opportunity.

Personally, I don’t drive. I haven’t driven for seven years and I think I’ve forgotten how to. ‘You don’t need a car in London,’ they say, and for the most part, you don’t.

I walk, cycle, take the Tube and hop in the odd taxi, but lockdown changed everything, and having already experienced the frustration of being turned away from a drive-through coronavirus test centre, I’ve started to feel pretty miffed about all these drive-in cinemas.

So I, for one, am thrilled about the launch of Free Range Film Club, a series of small-scale cinema pop-ups headed for east and south London.

The first three London locations for its socially spacious open-air cinema series are Three Mills Island in Bromley-by-Bow, Blackheath in south east London and Brockwell Park on the Brixton/Herne Hill borders.

Capacities at Free Range Film Club will be strictly limited, allowing cinema-goers to enjoy an evening under the stars in allocated spaces, socially distanced from other groups, but close enough to share the experience.

The alfresco cinema pop-ups will feature an eclectic mix of movies, from feel-good favourites like 10 Things I Hate About You and Bridesmaids, to cult classics like Thelma & Louise, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Jackie Brown, as well as more left-field flicks like Little Miss Sunshine and The Life Aquatic.

Three Mills Islands, home to the Three Mills Island Studios, a TV and film studio that produced some of Danny Boyle’s and Wes Anderson’s best loved movies, is not only a fitting place to catch a movie, it’s also a very picturesque spot to recapture the magic of date night.

This is where Free Range Film Club kicks off, running from 29 July to 2 August, before heading south of the river for five nights on Blackheath Common from 12-16 August and stretching out the bank holiday weekend at Brockwell Park from 26-30 August.

Further venues will be announced shortly.

Free Range Film Club listings

THREE MILLS ISLAND
Three Mill Lane, Bromley-by-Bow E3 3DU

  • Wed 29 July: O Brother, Where Art Thou?
  • Thur 30 July: Thelma & Louise
  • Fri 31 July: Romeo + Juliet
  • Sat 1 August: Get Out
  • Sun 2 August: The Life Aquatic

BLACKHEATH
Circus Field, Blackheath SE3 7AP

  • Wed 12 August: Black Panther
  • Thurs 13 August: The Adventures Of Priscilla Queen Of The Desert
  • Fri 14 August: Grease
  • Sat 15 August: 10 Things I Hate About You
  • Sun 16 August: Groundhog Day

BROCKWELL PARK
Brockwell Park Gardens, Herne Hill SE24 9BJ

  • Wed 26 August: Little Miss Sunshine
  • Thurs 27 August: Breakfast At Tiffany’s
  • Fri 28 August: Bridesmaids
  • Sat 29 August: Jackie Brown
  • Sun 30 August: Rocketman

All screenings 18+ (ID required). Gates open at 7pm. Tickets £20pp for a two-person pitch. To book see freerangeclub.co.uk