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Making Event Cinema History
16 January 2017
By Nick Dager – Later this week, audiences across the United States will have the chance to watch a film that promises to redefine the concept of event cinema. On January 19, Oscar-nominated actor Woody Harrelson will direct and star in an unprecedented live feature film event, Lost in London Live. Harrelson, who also wrote the film, will be joined by co-stars Owen Wilson and Willie Nelson. Fathom Events will present the film live in 550 theatres in the US. Afterwards, he’ll participate in a question and answer session about the experience. No matter what happens, Lost in London is certain to make event cinema history.
The mantra on most movie sets is "we’ll get it with the next take" or "we can fix it in post." The mantra for the entire Lost in London production team has become "one camera, one take, one chance to get it right."
Loosely based on a series of real-life events that ended with him spending a night in jail, Lost in London follows Harrelson, playing himself, as he struggles to get home to his family. Run-ins with royalty, old friends and the law all seem to conspire to keep Harrelson from succeeding.
"I’ve always loved theatre and film and wanted to find the best way to merge the two," said Harrelson. "When I decided to shoot this in real time I realized it wasn’t quite like true theatre because the one piece missing was a live audience. By broadcasting the film live as its being shot I hope to truly blend the excitement of live theater with the scale and scope of film."
So this is theatre without a live audience to offer feedback blended with a film shoot that has no safety net. As Harrelson told The Guardian, "No one’s ever shot a movie and live-broadcast it in cinemas at the same time. No one’s ever been that stupid, until now."... read full article.
Visit the Fathom Events website for details on purchasing tickets.