City Of God (2002)
On July 23rd , Block Party Cinema brought the rhythm of Rio to Brick Lane with a pop up screening of the exhilarating City Of God (2002). In celebration of Fernando Meirelles' iconic classic, we invited audiences to experience an immersive day of Brazilian culture. We had everything from live samba bands and Forró dance classes, to Rio inspired street food and a Brazilian cocktail making master class! If that wasn't enough, everyone took a journey around the hidden secrets of Rio’s favela community with our onsite VR experience.
The main event was of course a fast paced, action packed classic. The film portrays life in the City Of God, a poverty stricken favela in the heart of Rio de Janeiro. In classic Block Party style, people kicked back and enjoyed one of the most pulsating movies of a generation on one of our comfy giant beanbags. The scene for this samba-fueled extravaganza was Truman Brewery’s Jujus’s Bar & Stage, in the middle of London’s Brick Lane.
White Men Can't Jump (1992)
Filled with action, love and comedy, Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes team up to form a memorable duo in what has become a cult classic for any 90s loving film fan. As always, Block Party Cinema brought the funk with a fun filled day full of music, street food, basketball games, giveaways and of course a great film! We brought the film to life with a basketball jersey fancy dress theme. There were also prizes up for grabs for best dressed, and everyone came looking slammin’!
The Block Party started at 5pm with DJs spinning the best in 90’s RnB & Hip Hop, followed by White Men Can’t Jump at 7pm. Post film, our resident Block Party DJ jumped back on the decks as the jam continued. Many enjoyed the film on a giant comfy bean bag and arrived early to #securethebag. If that’s not enough, the first 30 guests to shoot a hoop received a bag of popcorn on us! Popcorn popping fun at its finest.
Poetic Justice (1993)
On February 14th we returned to Juju’s Bar & Stage, a romantic cavernous warehouse space in the heart of Brick Lane, for a pop up screening of Poetic Justice (1993).
Directed by John Singleton, Poetic Justice is an era defining love story filled with passion and poetry. Drawing on the films inspirational Maya Angelou poetry, artists performed some of their most personal work, in a live spoken word exhibition before the film. DJ’s were also spinning the best in smooth RnB, Neo-Soul and Slow Jams before and after the screening.
This laid back evening was filled with popcorn popping fun for both lovers and friends!
Jazz Nights ('Mo Better Blues' & 'Chico & Rita')
We returned with a unique cinematic experience as BPC ‘Jazz Nights’ took you into a thrilling world filled with outstanding live jazz, memorable movies, and of course that jammin’, block party vibe. This time our pop up journey took us to East London, in one of The Old Truman Brewery’s best-kept secrets: Juju’s Bar & Stage, a beautiful cavernous warehouse space in the heart of Brick Lane. We set the tone for the evening with world-class entertainment from some of London’s best jazz musicians playing before each film, as well as DJ sets from BPC residents.
First we showed one of best movies of the 90’s, Mo Better Blues stars Denzel Washington & Wesley Snipes as part of a Harlem jazz band battling with personal conflicts in their strive for perfection in love and music. This tight, funny, and suspenseful flick is full of great music and unforgettable characters. Undoubtedly one of Spike Lee’s best! Before the film, we had a Mo Better Blues influenced set by the outstanding Mark Kavuma jazz band.
Our second showing was Chico & Rita. Chico is a young piano player with big dreams; Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Sexy, stunning and full of jazz, Chico & Rita takes us on a wonderful, nostalgic journey across Havana and New York jazz clubs through the decades. Before the film we had live music from the incredible Cuban Sambroso Noda band, plus Cuban themed cocktails!
After our hugely successful launch in April, we returned for more pop up fun with our summer screening at Pop Brixton!
We showed the critically acclaimed, audience favourite – Dope. A fast and funny, comedy flick by the director of The Wood and Brown Sugar. Set in Inglewood, California, Dope follows three high school geeks obsessed with 90’s Hip Hop culture as they navigate their way around the hood, avoiding gangster’s and bullies. This coming of age teen comedy had everything you could want in a feel-good summer movie!
Just like in Dope, we paid homage to 90’s culture with a fancy dress, throwback, block party before the screening. That’s right, in classic block party style we brought the film to life with a 90's #GeekVsGangster themed dress code and everyone enjoyed the summer fun!
Love Jones & House Party
Our premiere event took place at Pop Brixton, a pioneering new pop up space in the heart of Brixton. We celebrated two classic, throwback films alongside two jamming block parties.
First, we took you back to 90’s Chicago for Love Jones, a romantic comedy full of passion and poetry. We joined Nia Long and Larenz Tate aboard a topsy-turvy love rollercoaster in this artsy, cult classic. We had two spoken word artists perform before this showing.
Our second screening of the day featured the film we all wanted to be in - House Party. Full of new jack swing, ‘yo mama’ raps and awesome dance-offs. This fun loving classic had you bouncing in your beanbag!
After each screening, we got down on it with our fun block party, where DJ’s were spinning the best R&B, Hip Hop and Neo Soul jamz. Our launch was a huge success!