Flatpack & Dudley Zoological Gardens open-air cinema

On Saturday evening, Dudley Zoological Gardens joined forces with Flatpack: Assemble to transform Dudley Castle into an open-air cinema for one night only. Over 600 people attended the DUDLEY CASTLE AFTER DARK: THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN event in the famous castle courtyard.

Reportedly one of the most haunted sites in the UK, guests were entertained with a series of ghostly projections on the ramparts. The 1935 film directed by local boy James Whale was preceded by a short horror film made by local students from Dudley College.

Flatpack: Assemble is a new partnership with the BFI Film Audience Network to help create more opportunity and visibility for film events across the West Midlands. This landmark event was part of Flatpack’s Black Country Pop-up Film Tour, running in partnership with Creative Black Country’s Imagine That! summer season.

Ian Francis, Director, Flatpack: Assemble, said:

We couldn’t have found a more fitting venue for Bride of Frankenstein than Dudley Castle. There’s a real passion for film across the Black Country and we hope the success of this event will lead to more pop-up screenings in the future.

Matt Lewis, Dudley Zoo Manager, said:

We were happy to work alongside Flatpack: Assemble to bring Bride of Frankenstein to the 11th century Dudley Castle and were delighted with the event’s popularity. Hopefully we can join forces again in the future on similar projects.

Parminder Dosanjh, Artistic Director, Creative Black Country, said:

The Black Country is a perfect place for pop up film, it has lots of great spaces, community hubs and film enthusiasts. Creative Black Country is delighted to be working with Flatpack to create wonderful cinematic experiences in some extraordinary places such as the RSPB, Town Hall and Dudley Castle.

Photo credit: Katja Ogrin

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