In February, I was waiting for a University friend by the tube station at Vauxhall in London (SW8) when the actor John Hannah (Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Mummy) started walking towards me. As I was standing right next to the tube entrance, I assumed that he was going to walk past me and down the stairs to catch a train; and I was right. I watched him slowly walk down the steps towards the ticket barrier.
After this excitement was over, I met my friend Rachel, and we headed towards a disused railway arch underneath Vauxhall station. The purpose of our visit to Vauxhall was to see Breakfast at Tiffany’s at a pop-up cinema. Vauxhall Village had arranged for eight films to be shown over four days, all romantically themed for Valentine’s Day. The tickets were just under £8 each and all of the profits went to the London-based homeless charity Thames Reach.
At the pop-up cinema, everyone was given a red blanket and cordless headphones. We were sat in rows of deck chairs, surrounded by romantically themed decorations to remind us that it was Valentine’s season.
We choose to see Breakfast at Tiffany’s because it was a film which neither of us had seen before. This 1961 romantic comedy, directed by Blake Edward, stars Audrey Hepburn as a Holly Golightly. Her character is eccentric and fashionable, living in New York with a passion for Tiffany’s. The film follows Holly’s life after her new neighbour, George Peppard, moves in and becomes intrigued by her lifestyle. This role is now considered to be one of Hepburn’s most memorable, and her black dress, long black gloves and long cigarette holder is now the look that Hepburn is mostly remembered for. The song Moon River is used repeatedly throughout the film, including in a wonderful performance by Hepburn herself. The film certainly has a sense of Sex and the City to it, but only slightly with the ‘fashionable single girl living in New York’ feel about it. But of course, Breakfast at Tiffany’s got there first! You will never see anyone more glamorous than Audrey Hepburn in this film. Hepburn has often said that the hardest part about making Breakfast at Tiffany’s was that she is naturally an introvert and had to play an extrovert, but in which she does an excellent job. Breakfast at Tiffany’s is such a wonderful film, that I went out and brought the DVD the week after I had seen it.
The pop-up cinema was a great experience, and knowing that the money went to charity made it all the more better. Vauxhall Village do pop-up screenings at other times throughout the year, so if you are in London, do keep an eye out on their website for other showings. Otherwise, I can highly recommend Breakfast at Tiffany’s to see Audrey Hepburn and New York at their finest.