Screenfields finishes in style with double bill of Grey Gardens and The September Issue
The open-air cinema, based at Spinningfields, has seen 1000s of film fans stretch out in a deck chair or relax on a picnic blanket every Thursday throughout the summer, watching a number of classics, comedies and dramas.
Grey Gardens and The September Issue, which enjoyed critical acclaim in both the film and fashion industries, have been chosen to bring the curtains down at Screenfields to highlight the completion of The Avenue, Spinningfields’ luxury fashion quarter.
Grey Gardens, filmed in 1975, depicts the everyday lives of two reclusive socialites, a mother and daughter both named Edith Beale, who are the aunt and first cousin of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis. The pair lived at Grey Gardens, a decrepit mansion at 3 West End Road in the wealthy Georgica Pond neighbourhood of East Hampton, New York.
The film was the motivation behind the SS11 collection for Mulberry, one of The Avenue’s flagship retailers. Inspired by the Beales’ eclectic tastes, the collection concentrated on a mix of materials and textures, including tropical animal print and quilting, with the main colours for the season natural tones, navy and deep plum.
The September Issue is a 2009 American documentary about the behind-the-scenes drama that follows Editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and her staff during the production of the September 2007 issue of American Vogue magazine.
The screenings cost £2 per person and filmgoers can enjoy the documentaries with a drink from The Alchemist’s outdoor Mojito Bar and snacks from Southern 11’s Rib Shack and 1930’s American Diner serving hotdogs, pancakes and fresh ice cream.
Attracting over 100,000 film-goers in 2010, Screenfields is located at Spinningfields in the heart of Manchester city centre. Spinningfields offers an array of quality restaurants and bars including Australasia, The Alchemist, Carluccio’s, Strada, Wagamama and Southern 11.