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The Secret Cinema ‘Back to the Future’ checklist for not being an arsehole

Below is a useful Q&A-style ‘checklist’ to help you figure out if you’re being a complete arsehole concerning the very recent cancellation of Secret Cinema’s opening night of Back to the Future.


 

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Read up on the news here.

Q: Did the organisers want to cancel the event a mere two hours before the first show started, simply in order to piss me off?
A: No. It shouldn’t have been left such a ridiculously short time before announcing the cancellation, but it’s clear they at least though they had enough time (whatever little) to finish preparations. Kind of ironic, either way, when the movie is about temporal displacement.

Q: I’ve come thousands of miles, and spent hundreds on tickets, travel and accommodation, only for it to be cancelled. Am I correct in calling Secret Cinema names?
A: No. This isn’t a playground. You’re adults. You can deal with the situation as adults. You can be angry if you want, either at Secret Cinema or the fact that you’re now skint for the rest of the month for no reason – but anger doesn’t sort things out. SC are offering you a refund. It sucks – it really sucks – but simply accept it, and move on with your life.

Q: Other people have come thousands of miles, spent hundreds of pounds on tickets, travel and accomodation. Am I right for laughing at them for spending that much on what I deem to be either a waste of money, a shallow experience, or both?
A: No. Cinema, in its many forms – including ‘event cinema’ – is not just for you. Hell, it’s not even designed for you, if you prefer staying at home and watching Back to the Future on blu-ray. I’m that kind of guy myself. But do not mock. Have you actually been to a Secret Cinema show? If so, then you are at least in some position to give an opinion on the ‘worthiness’, or whatever other label you decide to give it, of such productions. Movies affect the lives of others, not just yours, and in different ways too.

Q: Are Secret Cinema incompetent?
A: With arranging prior notice to cancellations, it would seem so – but we still don’t know what it was that made this happen (it might be the fact that the set apparently doesn’t even have a clock for its clock tower yet). But in organising these events, which run for many nights and with hundreds of actors and other participants to make it go smoothly, there will be anomalies. Bad things will, by Murphy’s Law, happen, and no one – SC included – want them to happen. These are still humans taking on such mammoth tasks, and while the argument can be made that ‘they should know by now’, each event has been larger than the last, bringing with it more potential problems.

Q: Are the ticket prices expensive?
A: Relative. Tickets were around £50, the most they’ve ever been for SC, and have been getting more expensive each time a new show rolls around. The events are bigger each time, so more money will be needed to be pumped into the productions. SC will probably tell you it’s to ‘enhance the experience’, which is all well and good, but in all likelihood, they’re charging more merely because they can. But before you throw around the term ‘exploitation’, think for a moment; this is how all businesses work. SC may pride themselves on providing an experience, but they are first and foremost a business. It’s how society works, sadly. You probably should have figured that out by now.

Q: Are Secret Cinema correct for stating, in an interview with Empire, ‘seeing a film at the multiplex is a passive experience, but cinema can be so much more’?
A: No. As a film fan reading this, you know that cinema in itself is not a ‘passive experience’. ‘Event cinema’ is its own thing, but is based around the film. The movie, even if Secret Cinema may seem to be playing it down, still comes first.

Q: Has Secret Cinema, in the past at least, been a wondrous, memorable experience?
A: Yes.

Q: Has Secret Cinema, in the past at least, been a horrible, disappointing experience?
A: Yes.

Q: Are the people behind Secret Cinema evil?
A: No.

Q: Are the people behind Secret Cinema human beings?
A: Yes.

Q: I’m sad, angry, disappointed, embittered. I’m allowed to feel this way.
A: Of course you are. Be all those things, for sure – but direct them at the circumstance, not at SC. It’s not like they wanted to disappoint all those people, you included, let alone lose out on all that money.

Secret Cinema may be a revelation; it may be a folly. It may be a chance for fans to fall down the rabbit hole and find themselves as Alice, wondering through a detailed, rich Wonderland based on their favourite films; it may be a money-grab. It may be all those things and more. But it’s certainly not one thing, as many have thought of it. So think, just for a second – it might stop you sounding like an arsehole.

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2 thoughts on “The Secret Cinema ‘Back to the Future’ checklist for not being an arsehole

  1. Where do you get off telling people how to feel, what to think, what to say / do, and dictating to them how they are allowed to express themselves? There’s 3000 people per day going to be effected by this until it’s sorted, they can react however the hell they like. Peace.

    Posted by arybob | July 25, 2014, 1:39 pm
    • Hi arybob,

      The fact that they can react however the hell they like is the entire point of the article. I do not ‘get off’ (interesting turn of phrase) on ‘telling’ people how to feel, think, and how to express themselves. I’m quoting myself here, because you may have missed it: ‘Q: I’m sad, angry, disappointed, embittered. I’m allowed to feel this way. A: Of course you are. Be all those things, for sure…’ I’m reminding people to not take things too. damn. seriously. Like you are taking this piece.

      I can only assume you have been affected by the Secret Cinema debacle yourself. My thoughts are with you – but for the meantime, you are being an arsehole. Peace.

      Posted by gazzax3 | July 25, 2014, 1:45 pm

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