What the guys at Picnic Cinema do is pretty wild. They find a suitable space – castles, forests, that kind of thing – and then screen a classic movie there. The Withnail and I showing at uncle Monty’s House was understandably in huge demand, and both days have long since sold out. The same will likely happen with this campover showing of Apocalypse Now at Gisburn Forest in East Lancashire’s Ribble Valley. Though it won’t be as harrowing as the location of much-loved film (for the obvious reasons of entertainment value and, er, safety), attendees are advised to wear their best camouflage, get ready for battle (in the film quiz that follows the movie) and settle in for the night. The Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw called it ‘A film that needs to be seen on the big screen’ – though he probably didn’t imagine that screen to be in the middle of a wood, starting just as day turns to dusk.

Sat 24 Aug, Gisburn Forest, near Clitheroe (nearest postcode BB7 4TS), 5pm campsite opens, 6.45pm film clearing opens, screening begins at dusk, £23 earlybird inc. camping (available until 12 Jul), https://shop.ticketscript.com/

Sat 24 Aug
Matthew Britton
Published on:
Sun 18 Aug 2013