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What We’ve Been Up To…Top Gun @ Future Cinema’s California Classics

For anyone who believes that moving images can only come alive with 3D glasses, attending a Future Cinema event will undoubtedly be a mind-blowing experience.

For nearly five years, the creators of the acclaimed Secret Cinema have been organising screenings in locations which have been transformed to recreate iconic moments from  particular films.

They have  a knack for choosing flicks that resonate with movie fans and the most recent examples have been The Lost Boys and Top Gun, which screened last weekend. As we know, the latter 80’s blockbuster follows Maverick (Tom Cruise), a hot shot student of an an elite US Flying school in his attempt to become the best fighter pilot in his class – and while it may have little artistic merits, it has unarguably secured a place in pop culture, being one of the most quoted, as well as parodied films of that decade. Still, it’s the  feel-good manner with which the film treats the turbulence of youth, plus the perfect backdrop of sunny San Diego that makes Top Gun such an endearing ( or guilty?) pleasure.

It was suitable then that for the screening of Top Gun,  the beaches of the Golden State were brought to the Docklands. 79 tons of sand and over 20 sailing boats conveyed the bliss of living in the O.C, while over 100 actors sporting buzz cuts or dressed as Naval officers made the area seem like an air force base.  There was also volleyball games and a short guy on a motorbike answering to the name Maverick, that drew the audience right into the world of Top Gun.

As successful as the transformation was, the most enjoyable part of the evening was the actual screening of the film. Watching one of your faves with thousands of equally devoted fans who knew every line of the film – laughing unashamedly with even the most cringe worthy ones – and sang along to The Righteous Brothers’ sublime, “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’” was an experience that could only, well, take your breath away. (Words: Apostolos Kostoulas)

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