Tuesday, 21 July 2015

State of the Art Cinema: 2015

The UK Film Distributors' Association launches its annual summer State of the Art Cinema exhibition today, which is free to visitors over six weeks this summer. On display are a series of movie artwork including posters beautifully printed on aluminium, stills from upcoming productions and a few other objects. Essentially the goal is to provide a snapshot of cinema poster design, grouped into such categories as British films, family releases, coming-of-age stories, action, thrillers, biography and documentary. (Several are in the image here.)

The centrepiece of the exhibition is a stunning Lego cinema (right), built using more than 25,000 bricks. It's astonishingly detailed, from the art deco exterior, bustling lobby, detailed snack bar, projection booth and 200-seat cinema with a working screen on which visitors can watch trailers, shorts and even The Lego Movie. It's also populated with hundreds of lego people, including wizards, rock stars and pirates.

Filling just two rooms, the exhibition isn't huge, and is a nice respite while walking the mobbed streets of London over the summer months. It reminds us of favourite films and those we're looking forward to, and fans of the art of poster design will enjoy spotting this year's trends and innovations. (Robert Zemeckis' The Walk certainly breaks some rules - just looking at the poster can induce vertigo!)

State of the Art Cinema is at the Coningsby Gallery, 30 Tottenham Street W1T (Goodge Street) 21 July to 7 August, and then moves to the Strand Gallery, 30 John Adam Street WC2N (Charing Cross) 11-28 August. MORE DETAILS >

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