Classic TT Paddock
Visitors to the Classic TT paddock during the 2018 event were not only treated to the sights and sounds of motorcycling’s golden era, but also had the opportunity to catch any one of the big screen classics celebrating the ‘Hailwood Years’ of the late 1970s. From the comic book capers of Star Wars and Superman, to the musical mayhem of Grease and the Mod masterpiece that is Quadrophenia, the sundown cinema had something for everyone.
Moving to Nobles Park in 2019 to nestle alongside the Trackside Bar and the adjacent street food outlets, the sundown cinema will again provide a unique and fun-filled night out for all – with munchies and more on tap!
Kicking off our quartet this time around is the ultimate time travel classic, BACK TO THE FUTURE. Cited as one of the very best films in a decade of classics, there's no better way to kick off the ‘Hizzy Years’ than a trip back to the birth of Rock 'n' Roll with Marty McFly and Doc Brown. Of course, the movie not only introduced the Delorean and the Flux Capacitor to the world, but also spawned two sequels that left us - the audience - at the cusp of the 1990s.
Another film with more than its fair share of blurry-eyed nostalgia is THE COMMITMENTS, released in 1991. Alan Parker's expert adaptation of Roddy Doyle's late ‘80s novel is simply bursting with wit and charm, boasting a legion of colourful characters and capturing the book’s mood to a tee. But for all the sharp one-liners, The Commitments is all about the music - and southern fried soul music at that. Indeed, the soundtrack to The Commitments not only sold an estimated 16 million copies, but also gave birth to a hit band and more recently a hit musical. The film, meanwhile, took four BAFTA wins and an Oscar nomination and to this day remains the quintessential movie about music and fame.
Hot on the heels of The Commitments is the 1992 comedy WAYNE’S WORLD. Whilst Hizzy and Foggy tore up the TT record books, Mike Myers and Dana Carvey tore up the comedy rulebook with a number of ground breaking script devices that are no less funny 25 years later. Along with another best selling soundtrack (that helped propel Bohemian Rhapsody to the number one spot) we are treated to a number of scene stealing cameos from the likes of Robert Patrick as well as rock royalty Meat Loaf and Alice Cooper. And that’s before we all do the Scooby Doo ending!
Finishing off the ‘Hizzy Years’ is 1993's comedy masterpiece GROUNDHOG DAY. Widely considered a masterpiece of cinematic storytelling, the movie follows the story of an egotistical TV weatherman - played to perfection by the Bill Murray - who finds himself reliving the same day over and over again.
The writer and actor Harold Ramis, was already responsible for several influential smash-hits, including Ghostbusters, but it was with Groundhog Day that he won a BAFTA for screenplay as well as expertly handling the film’s direction and dark humour. The result is one of the funniest and most touching films of the decade and, quite fittingly, it's well worth a repeat viewing. Or several…
The sundown cinema will be showing from Friday 23rd to Monday 26th of August inclusively and is absolutely free to all visitors to the Classic TT Paddock.