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LES MISERABLES, free movie from Victor Hugo's classic novel

  • Sep 20, 2013 · 6:45 PM
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Believe it or not, it's technically SUMMER and we will behave accordingly, ignoring the fact we are in England. SO... open air cinema!! Bring your sandwiches and wine bottle to kill the time before the film starts at 7.30.

Classic, cult and contemporary films will be screened on the South Bank, in the outdoor amphitheatre beside City Hall, each Wednesday and Friday from 11 – 27 September.

Most films reach capacity so arrive earlySeats cannot be reserved so get together before entry to avoid disappointment, or ask a friend to keep a seating space for you.

Note: after sunset it gets quite chilly beside the river, so make sure to bring a sweater with you, and something to sit on (the stone steps get cold too).


Les Misérables is a French historical novel by Victor Hugo, first published in 1862, that is considered one of the greatest novels of the 19th century.

The film tells the story of Jean Valjean, an ex-convict who becomes mayor of a town in France. Soon exposed, Valjean agrees to take care of Cosette, the illegitimate daughter of the dying Fantine, but as a fugitive must also avoid being captured again by police inspector Javert. The plot spans 17 years and is set against a backdrop of political turmoil, which in the film culminates in the June Rebellion of France.

Released last Christmas, the film won several Golden Globe as well as BAFTA awards.

Duration 158min.

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  • Beata

    What a celebration of quality!!!!! 5 stars times 5. Both for the movie itself and for the "venue".

    September 21, 2013

    • Beata

      On the venue:
      I am still under great impressions days after the wonderful experience.
      Absolutely fantastic location. Sitting out in fresh air. Dimly lit by neighbouring office chandeliers gave a smoky half shadow to immerse in the focus of the large, clear screen. The background of magnificent Tower of London, which sites witnessed times of French Revolution allowed me travel in time. The bright light of the Tower Bridge transferred me to the when the actions took place in the street of France. It was like I was actually in the middle of the action as it was mainly outdoor and I was in the street as well. Fresh breeze from the Thames and crowd walking behind constantly reminded about it.

      September 26, 2013

    • Beata

      The casual atmosphere allowed viewers to express their admiration of the pearls of songs by clapping hands. Would you do it in a cinema? As for outdoor screening the sound system was truly top quality.

      No light turned on afterwards or stewards asking to leave, as it is a public place anyway, let me sit there as long as I wanted keeping on dreaming….

      September 26, 2013

  • Tanja

    Sorry have to cancel due to an unforeseen event

    September 20, 2013

  • Grae

    Be warned - internet access is nigh impossible in this area - making contact will have to be visual

    September 20, 2013

  • Tiziana

    Not raining so far... but the forecasts are not looking good. Last time the movie was cancelled because of the rain, so if you see that around 6 - 6.30 it is pouring down, you are excused for not turning up.
    Padded mats are available on site for £1 each, you don't have to sit on the wet/cold stone! : )
    A rainproof jacket is advisable.
    I don't want to sound like your mum, but make sure you use a toilet before you get there - it is a looong time to wait until the end of the movie ;-]

    1 · September 20, 2013

  • Liam M.

    Sorry, something has come up at work.

    September 15, 2013

  • Tiziana

    Anybody can turn up, the event is free and on a first-come-first-served basis. I do limit the number as those who sign up might expect to get a 'seat' in virtue of the LEC unlimited powers. Knowing the venue and the events, I know for sure we won't be able to get seats for 40 (unless we are prepared to arrive REALLY early and keep our bum nailed to a step until the movie starts and beyond - and, believe me, it's a very long time if you've had a drink or two).

    August 25, 2013

  • Maja

    I don't think there is a point in limiting numbers fir this event. Whoever arrives early shiuld rake a seat and enjoy the film. You can agree to wear something distinct so you can recognize each other and socialise afterwards.

    August 19, 2013

  • Ozgur G

    Sounds very good for Friday evening.

    May 23, 2013

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