Secret Cinema guests watch the Goat Island sunset
SBS’s pay TV channel World Movies last night staged a Secret Cinema event which saw 300 guests taken to a screening on Goat Island in Sydney Harbour of cult Japanese movie Battle Royale.
Despite the ticket holders not knowing in advance where they were going or what film they would be seeing, places sold out in less than ten minutes.
When they arrived on the island, guests were handed weapons, went through martial arts training and watched burlesque and contortionist performances. The film featured a group of Japanese schoolchildren forced to fight each other to the death on a deserted island.
Participants also posed for their own death scene, with voting on the best as part as a competition on the World Movies Facebook page.
Chris Keely, GM of World Movies said: “From the location to the film choice and the activities – the response from our hundreds of guests has been overwhelmingly positive. It’s exciting to bring to our channel to life off-screen in such a unique and entertaining way.”
The night was organised with not-for-profit event producers The Festivalists, and is to be expanded to Melbourne and Brisbane early next year
World Movies will be screening Battle Royale next Tuesday 30 October, and Battle Royale II the following night.