Backyard Cinema: Awards Season - Boyhood

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Friday 20 March 2015
19:30 - 23:00
Film Screenings, Date Night, Something A Little Different

Dodge the Paparazzi as you gain access to sky-high views, the 1950's Usherette will ensure a retro Hollywood welcome, and enjoy a night of Cinema like never before. 

Awards Season is here, so Backyard Cinema have hand picked some of the stand out movies of the year and are screening them for you in style. Don't even think about watching these at home, have a night to remember watching them in style, with a firm nod to traditional cinema and a sprinkle of award season luxury thrown in.

Set 29 floors above London you will arrive on the red carpet before being whisked upstairs to enjoy not only a celebration of film but of London as you gaze out upon all your favourite landmarks. Champagne, cocktails and food will be served in style as you await to be called by your traditional Backyard Cinema 1950's Usherette for the screening. 

Posh popcorn and ice cream will be on offer as well as an introduction to the film, a series of shorts & retro trailers to get you in the mood for Cinema as it should be.


Back in 2001, Richard Linklater conceived an “impractical idea” that would, in contrast, sporadically absorb him for the next 12 to 13 years: “the story of a parent-child relationship that follows a boy from the first through the 12th grade and ends with him going off to college”. Unique in scope and potential pitfalls Linklater’s gamble, revisited for a few scenes each year and becoming, in his words, like a “summer camp art project”, is in fact an absolute gem, possibly the director’s masterpiece to date.

There is no plot here in a conventional sense; instead, as Hawke puts it, “timelapse photography of a human being”. And yet things happen. One of the perhaps unexpected joys of Boyhood for a contemporary Western audience is that it is also timelapse photography of our last decade or so. We glimpse the run-up to Obama’s first election, the arrival of the iPod and a father-son campfire discussion on possible future Star Wars movies.

We had to include this true masterpiece of our time, Linklater’s beautiful film is an extraordinary achievement — tender, funny, wise and wistful, full of warmth and humanity. Winner of Best Picture and Best Director at the BAFTAs.

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