Movies on the Meadows 2019 programme confirmed
Movies on the Meadows is returning to Grantchester this August bank holiday with a host of blockbuster films.
The four-day outdoor film extravaganza is run by the organisers of the Cambridge Film Festival and the event is now in its 11th year. Now firmly established as one of the largest outdoor film events in the UK, 2019’s Movies on the Meadows will run from August 23-26 and present 12 films on huge inflatable screens, alongside food stalls from local vendors, all in one of the most beautiful settings Cambridge has to offer. As well as now being a key event in Cambridge's cultural calendar, Movies on the Meadows is also a vital fundraiser for the main annual Film Festival.
Cambridge Film Festival Marketing Manager, Owen Baker said: “Movies on the Meadows has been growing every year. It now has several thousand people attending across the four days which makes it one of the largest film events in the UK, so we’re really excited to be bringing more great films and some amazing local food to Grantchester this year, and have our fingers crossed for glorious weather!” He continued, “Obviously we know that the food at Movies on the Meadows is almost as important as the films, so we're really looking forward to welcoming Cambridge’s best street food vendors again this August. Glorious weather, incredible films, delicious food, and we even have an early bird discount this year, so hopefully there’s really something for everybody!”
Friday is opening night at Movies on the Meadows and leading the impressive line-up is smash hit musical Bohemian Rhapsody, with Rami Malek’s Oscar winning performance as the legendary Queen frontman Freddie Mercury. Friday also sees web slinging superhero Spider-Man, swooping into Grantchester in the critically acclaimed animated feature Spiderman:Into the Spiderverse.
Saturday's programme will be headed up by monster hit of 2019 Avengers:Endgame, the final chapter in Marvel’s epic series and the follow up to 2018 Movies on the Meadows favourite Infinity War. This absolute blockbuster will be supported by the an epic of a completely different kind in Free Solo, the heart stopping story of professional climber Alex Honnold’s attempt to conquer the first free solo climb of famed El Capitan's 900-metre, vertical rock face at Yosemite National Park.
Saturday's lineup is completed by the life affirming and laugh-out-loud tale of ten fisherman from Cornwall who achieve a top ten hit with their debut album of Sea Shanties, Fisherman's Friends.
Headlining on Sunday is everyone’s favourite magical nanny Mary Poppins who, many decades after her original visit, returns to London to help the Banks siblings and Michael's children through a difficult time in their lives in the perfectly titled Mary Poppins Returns.
There will also be the opportunity to witness career-making performances by Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Otis Redding, Simon and Garfunkel, the Mamas and the Papas, the Who, the Byrds and the extraordinary Ravi Shankar in Monterey Pop, a documentary which captures the beautiful June weekend in 1967, at the beginning of the Summer of Love, when the Monterey International Pop Festival roared into life. Sunday’s selection is completed by the astonishing (and final) chapter of one of the most beloved animated franchises in film history: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.
Monday is cult classics day at Movies on the Meadows, with three films which really need no introduction. Topping the bill will be King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table in the surreal masterpiece Monty Python and the Holy Grail, which is more than ably supported by George Lucas’ coming of age comedy American Graffiti and Stanley Kubrick's hilarious apocalyptic satire starring the inimitable Peter Sellers, Dr Strangelove.
Tickets for Movies on the Meadows are on sale now through the Cambridge Film Festival website
Adults - £16 (£13 Early Bird)
Concessions - £14 (£12 Early Bird)
Children - £6 (£4 Early Bird)
Under 4's - Free
Festival Pass - £32 (Which gives you access to all 4 nights! )
Full Movies on the Meadows Film Listing
Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)
Avengers: Endgame (2019)
Free Solo (2017)
Fisherman’s Friends (2019)
Mary Poppins Returns (2018)
Monterey Pop (1968)
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019)
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
American graffiti (1973)
Dr Strangelove (1964)