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Summer cinema

There are about a million outdoor pop-up film screenings this summer. Here are some good-looking ones:

The Nomad Cinema, showing at lots of different parks up and down the country.
There are so many listings in great locations, one of which will be a showing of The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou at Brockwell Lido, which will probably amazingly apt. £12.50


Folly for a Flyover, a cinema that’s popped up underneath a flyover. There are boats you can hire and some grotty festival-style toilets & bar. Playing super classic oldies, we snuck into a raucous screening of Jurassic Park late (aka free). £4


Dalston Roof Park, a pop-up garden doing some screenings and parties. Highlight is their screening of The Goonies! £9 inc booking fee.

Floating Cinema… is as it sounds. Everything is free, although the website confuses me greatly. How to find this boat, I am not entirely sure, since it does boat talk/tours. Maybe I’ll just go to a screening, which I think they keep on land. £FREE


Canary Wharf screenings in conjunction with The Barbican. Well, I am definitely attending as many of these I can be bothered to drag myself to, since the first listings are anime films, and the second, silent films with live accompaniment including Buster Keaton in the amazing The General! £FREE


The human cost

Stills taken from Last Train Home, a film by Lixin Fan, about migrant workers in China. It’s pretty devastating to watch… in an understated sort of way, and though I can draw vague personal parallels, I think it would be affecting for anyone to watch. It focuses on one family’s story, and its unique, tragic relationships and situations – and then you are told to imagine the other 130million similar stories. The human cost to get China to where it is today is immense.