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Widescreen Weekend breaks out of the everyday cinema frame

We’re back with our unique celebration of boundary-pushing technology and spectacular large format films, offering an experience that's beyond the scope of ordinary cinema.
Fiddler on the Roof (1971)
Fiddler on the Roof (1971)

This year’s Widescreen Weekend brings together a host of films, speakers and special events showcasing the best in large format film-making and cinematic endeavour. Highlights we hope you’ll enjoy include the marking of the 60th anniversary of the Todd-AO widescreen system with a showing of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s award-winning Oklahoma!—the first film made using Todd-AO. A dazzling authentic print of How the West Was Won will be presented in a three-projector screening, and there’ll be a screening of the digitally restored Fiddler on the Roof (1971).

And it wouldn’t be Widescreen Weekend without our world-renowned Cinerama screen taking centre stage. This year we present the European premiere of the digitally restored The Best of Cinerama presented by film-maker and restoration expert David Strohmaier. The curved screen will also play host to Stanley Kubrick’s landmark sci-fi epic 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). See it in 70mm—the best way to experience it!

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

Widescreen Weekend also continues its collaboration with BKSTS—The International Moving Image Society—as it again hosts the Student Widescreen Film of the Year Competition, encouraging film schools to promote the unparalleled aesthetics and production values of widescreen film-making.

This 19th edition of Widescreen Weekend continues to showcase and celebrate the best and boldest adventures in the history of cinema—be part of this truly unique event!

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