An array of interactive displays, costume characters and personal appearances will bring the new-look Leicester Square to life in a special film-themed event running from Thursday 24 to Sunday 27 May. Free to the public, the live event will showcase the quality and diversity of films coming to West End cinemas in 2012 in a variety of engaging ways – while also offering a glimpse of the spectacular film events hosted in Leicester Square during previous years.
Get down to the square for:
- interactive preview zone, in which visitors may select and view their own choice of content such as trailers, compilations and games on digital iTables;
- a family zone with entertainers, face painters, green-screen photo opportunities for audiences aged 3 plus;
- a performance zone that will feature a film quiz presented by Alex Zane, a Q&A with the world’s leading stuntman Vic Armstrong as well as a movie fencing demonstration, and an insight into life as a leading film journalist with Empire magazine.
Lots more going on including:
a celebration of Film4 FrightFest with its director, Alan Jones, as the 13th edition of the fantasy film festival comes to Leicester Square in August. Members of the public are invited to gather at this session from noon on Sunday 27 May dressed as zombies to participate in a ‘Lawn of the Dead’ extravaganza in Leicester Square’s gardens.
Free cinema screenings in the Square during the event include Top Cat – The Movie and Red Tails, while there will be appearances by movie costume characters including from Ice Age 4 and Madagascar. Fold-out souvenir brochures, freely available in the Square, will preview 2012 film releases and offer a bundle of 30 prizes in a family competition.
Heres the full details:
Thursday 24th May
From 10.00am Play the film previews of your choice on the digital iTables (available each day)
12.30pm Win prizes in the Great Leicester Square Film Quiz hosted by Alex Zane
1.15pm ‘Fast Girls’ Movie Boot Camp: Meet the Trainers
2.00 – 5.00pm Fun in the Square with jugglers, face painting, balloon stylists & fun photos (family zone)
7.00pm Film premiere: ‘Tortoise in Love’
Friday 25 May
12.00pm Live on stage: Film preview show presented by Alex Zane
12.45pm Live on stage: The world’s greatest stuntman – Vic Armstrong
1.30pm Live on stage: ‘Life of a film critic’ with Ian Freer & Ian Nathan
2.00 – 5.00pm Fun in the Square (family zone)
From 3.00pm Live on stage: Performances from Mamma Mia! & Chicago
Saturday 26 May
10.00am – 1.00pm Meet Top Cat (film costume character) & more fun in the Square
12.30pm Live on stage: ‘Neverland’ fencing display
1.30pm ‘Ice Age 4’: Join the Continental Drift Dance with Sid & Scrat
2.00 – 5.00pm Meet Sid & Scrat with ‘Ice Age 4’ fun in the Square
2.00 – 5.00pm ‘Mini Havana’ live experience from ‘7 Days in Havana’: Cuban band & domino tables
Sunday 27 May
From 10.00am Meet the ‘Madagascar 3’ penguins (family zone)
12.00pm Lawn of the Dead extravaganza: Zombie gathering & activity in the gardens
1.00pm Celebration of ‘Film4 FrightFest the 13th’ with Alan Jones
3.00pm The Genius of Hitchcock presented by the British Film Institute
Schedule subject to change. Please check the website for more details.
Fold-out 2012 movie programmes available free throughout the event (while stocks last).