Info and image from follyforaflyover.co.uk
On 24th June, a building will appear in the gap between the east and westbound traffic of the A12. Transforming the cavernous undercroft where the motorway crosses the Lea Navigation Canal, Folly for a Flyover will host a six week programme of waterside cinema, performance and play.
Hand-built with local, reclaimed and donated materials, the Folly draws influence from the surrounding red-brick buildings of Hackney Wick, posing as an imaginary piece of the area’s past, a building trapped under the motorway.
By day the folly will host a café, workshops and events and boat trips exploring the surrounding waterways. At night there will be screenings ranging from animation classics to early and experimental cinema with live scores, light shows and performances.
The Folly will host a series of evening events, exploring the themes of the Barbican’s summer exhibition, Watch Me Move. Tickets will go on sale on the Thursday at 11am ONE week before the event. Tickets are available through our website, in person from the Hackney Empire or by calling the box office 020 8985 2424. All tickets for evening events are priced £4. Doors open at 7pm. Films start at 8.30pm (unless otherwise stated). There will be a limited number of tickets available on the door.
Week 1 – Fables
Friday 24th June
ONCE UPON A TIME, IN A FOLLY FAR FAR AWAY…feat. SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS (1937) (info) (SOLD OUT)
A night of classic and forgotten animated fairy tales including Walt Disney’s first ever feature length animation – Snow White. Including a short operatic accompaniment by Go Opera.
Saturday 25th June
THE ADVENTURES OF PRINCE ACHMED with LIVE SOUNDTRACK BY SAWCHESTRA (info) (SOLD OUT)
Audience members are invited to play along to Lotte Reiniger’s ‘The Adventures of Prince Ahmed’ (1925) with a live soundtrack by Sawchestra, instruments will be provided but feel free to bring along your own percussion, bells, musical saws, toys or unusual instruments. Also featuring a selection of shorts presented by Its Nice That.
Sunday 26th June
THE ADVENTURES OF BARON MUNCHAUSEN (info) (SOLD OUT)
Terry Gilliam’s fantastical romp about the life and adventures of the eccentric Baron Munchasusen – teller of the world’s most outlandish tales. Also featuring a live performance from Massive Violins and audio shorts presented by In The Dark.
Week 2 – Structures
Friday 1st July
MIDDLE OF THE ROAD feat. LIVE PERFORMANCE FROM PEGGY SUE (info) (SOLD OUT)
A selection of short films and documentaries celebrating and exploring the romance and banality of the motorway, with London Short Film Festival. Featuring a live performance from East London indie band Peggy Sue.
Saturday 2nd July
THE BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS (info) (SOLD OUT)
A giant dinosaur awakened by a nuclear explosion from an arctic slumber crashes through down-town New York. B-movie spectacular featuring the best double-take in cinema history.
Sunday 3rd July
REQUIEM FOR DETROIT (info) (SOLD OUT)
Lyrical shots of abandoned buildings and decaying industrial architecture give shape to this 2010 documentary about Detroit’s troubled love affair with the automobile.
Week 3 – Fragments/Apparitions
Friday 8th July
TRON + LIVE SCORE (info) (SOLD OUT)
The original TRON, a retro-futurist classic in which the gamer Sam Flynn gets stuck inside a neon computer-scape. Plus a live soundtrack remix from the east London producer Pablo Franco and shorts presented by the London International Animation Festival.
Saturday 9th July
TRIP TO THE MOON AND OTHER SHORTS + Live Score (info) (SOLD OUT)
Join a lunar voyage and see the first ghost caught on film in turn-of-the-century special effects pioneer, Georges Méliès accompanied by a live synth score from the Guildhall Electronic Studios. Programmed in collaboration with the Barbican Art Gallery.
Sunday 10th July
SECRET SCREENING (info) (SOLD OUT – limited tickets available on the door)
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Week 4 – Characters/Superheroes
Friday 15th July
FLASH GORDON (info) (SOLD OUT – limited tickets available on the door)
Eighties super-hero intergalactic kitsch with Sam J. Jones as The Savior of the Universe and a screaming Brian Blessed. Sound track by Queen.
Saturday 16th July
MINNIE THE MOOCHER + GERTIE AND HER GAIETY (info) (SOLD OUT – limited tickets available on the door)
Branchage Film Festival present : A night of burlesque delight, jazz, dance and swing. Also featuring The Poetics of Pace, produced the OJO, originally for the Sum of Parts at the Sadlers Wells.
Sunday 17th July
TOY STORY + BICYCLE THIEVES (info) (SOLD OUT – limited tickets available on the door)
Buzz back to the early days of CGI for a heart warming tale about a bunch of charismatic toys who get lost in the big wide world. Also featuring a BMX-based production of Bicycle Thieves by Pip Productions at 7.30pm.
Week 5 – Visions
Friday 22nd July
AKIRA (info) (SOLD OUT – limited tickets available on the door)
Cult Japanese action anime set in a post-nuclear world.
Saturday 23rd July
2001 : A SPACE ODYSSEY (info) (SOLD OUT – limited tickets available on the door)
Stanley Kubrick’s kaleidoscopic and unnerving vision of a space-age future.
Sunday 24th July
WIZARD OF OZ (info) (SOLD OUT – limited tickets available on the door)
Follow the yellow brick road to a dark fairy tale with a happy ending. Plus a live set from the East London Brass Band.
Week 6 – Hackney Wicked Festival
Friday 29th July
HACKNEY WICKED PRESENTS VIDEO AND SHORT FILMS (info) (Remaining tickets on sale 21st July 11.00am)
Hackney Wicked Festival presents a night of short film and video art made in and around Hackney Wick and Fish Island.
Saturday 30th July
THE WILD ONE (info) (Remaining tickets on sale 21st July 11.00am)
This Marlon Brando classic about the outlaw motorcycle gang the Black Rebels is based on the infamous Hollister Riot of 1947. Although it was made in 1953, it was banned in the UK for 14 years, and finally found release in Hackney Wick’s own infamous 59 Club in 1967. The film will be proceeded by a series of shorts from the Hackney Wicked festival.
Sunday 31st July
A FEW DOLLARS MORE (info) (Remaining tickets on sale 21st July 11.00am)
This is spaghetti western at its wildest, with Clint Eastwood and Lee Van Cleef as rivial bounty hunters chasing the Wild West’s most wanted villain, El Indio. The film will be proceeded by a series of shorts from the Hackney Wicked festival.
7pm – 11pm Fri
11am – 11pm Sat & Sun
The Folly can be found:
Under the A12 Flyover,
London, E9 5HW
The Folly can be accessed by foot or bicycle along the towpath or from the Eastway. Nearest train station is Hackney Wick for the London Overground.
Buses: 26, N26, 30, 236, 276, 388, 488
- Info used from follyforaflyover.co.uk
- image from ayoungertheatre.com