Warmer weather comes as a subtle reminder that summer – and picnic season – is fast approaching. And to celebrate, Picnic Cinema is screening Danny Boyle’s debut feature, Shallow Grave,  in Cumbria’s Whinlatter Forest. The film stars Ewan McGregor, Christopher Eccleston and Kerry Fox who discover their new flatmate dead from an overdose but loaded with cash. This leads to encounters with drug dealers, the police and a test of how far they’d go to keep the money. A gripping mix of thriller, psychological drama and dark comedy, the mountain forest makes for an ideal setting for the sinister plot. Bring along a picnic, settle down in your camping chairs and perhaps take a torch – we all know how forests and horror films usually go. The best way to get to Whinlatter Forest is by car or by coach to Keswick. The next in the series is the same film, shown as part of a campover screening at North Yorkshire’s Dalby Forest near Pickering and not too far from Scarborough if you really want to make a weekend of it. Picnic Cinema will be screening films across in various unconventional settings across the whole summer – see the website for more.

Sat 25 May, Whinlatter Forest, Cumbria, CA12 5TW, 8pm, £13/£15. Sat 8 Jun, Dalby Forest, North Yorkshire Moors National Park, YO18 7LT, 6pm, £23 / £25,  www.picniccinema.co.uk

Sat 25 May
Hannah Phillips
Published on:
Mon 20 May 2013