SOLD OUT!!! Nostalgia time!
Based on Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, this is the movie that brought Heath Ledger to most people's attention.
Set in an American High School in the (then) modern day it sees Bianca Stratford (Larisa Oleynik) as a teenager desperate to enter the dating world whose father (Larry Miller), a doctor who's delivered one too many teen mom pregnancies, is determined to keep her on a tight leash. When she falls for new boy Cameron (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) she appeals the ban and her father makes a deal: she's allowed to date - but only if her older sister does too. Given her sister, Katherine (Julia Stiles), is a generally cynical young woman with no interest in that kind of thing Bianca and Cameron are driven to desperate measures.
Cue the enlisting of bad boy Patrick (Heath Ledger), who's paid to try and sweep Katherine off her feet.
10 Things I Hate About You might be a teen flick but it's a teen flick held in higher regard than most and it's still sitting on a solid 7.2 on IMDB fifteen years later (I feel so ancient typing that). Stiles and Ledger's performances have both received plenty praise and many of the cast went on to other successful projects (among them The Bourne Trilogy, The Dark Knight Trilogy, Mad Men, Numb3rs, Inception, Serenity, FlashForward....). The film itself was spun off into a TV series nearly a full decade later.
And it's airing outdoors, in Holborn, in August. It's part of this summer's Pop Up Screens programme, which is taking place at several different sites around the city.
The grounds are open for access from 7.30pm and the film begins at 8.30. The plan is to meet at a nearby bar a little earlier in the evening so we can all walk to the venue together and sit as a group. More specificity nearer the time - as always full meet up details will be sent out the night before the meet.
Please note: As per the FAQs on their website the company do not offer refunds and fully intend to go ahead even if it's raining (though if it's very bad weather the event will be cancelled and you can transfer your ticket to a different screening during the summer). I personally take no responsibility for the weather either and as this is England assuming any day of the year will be dry is kind of a big assumption. That said this is August, the weather forecasters are generally optimistic as to our chances this year for a nice summer, and we're quite likely to get lucky. Quite likely. Ahem.
The organisers are encouraging attendees to bring something to sit on, though no tents please. There will be food and drink stalls set up to face the screen for those who get the munchies but they will be cash only.
You can buy tickets here. This could well be the first of a couple of outdoors events we do, depending on how much interest in them there is.
It might interest some of you to note that while a lone event is £10 (plus £1 booking free) you can get a weekend pass for all four screenings at the venue from 14-17th August for £25. The other films in that bundle are Dumb and Dumber (14th), Dirty Dancing (16th) and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2 (17th) though only 10 Things I Hate About You will be part of the meet up.