Monday, September 15, 2008

Outdoor movies at CFF

Punting on the Cam is jolly fun, they say. Well, yes, it is. Especially at night, with movies thrown in.

"Isn't the idea of watching short films, sitting in a punt, wrapped in blankets and sipping champagne lovely?"

Last week, after filming an interview for ITV Anglia, the Cambridge Film Fest organisers dragged us off, along with some press, on a mystery punt tour along the Cam. Every so often, we slowed alongside a screen, and watched a short film, then floated off into the darkness to the sound of owls and waterfowl. The films themselves were a slightly odd choice, but it all added up to a unique film-watching experience. Official Festival blogger Rosy Hunt describes it much better than me. (Well, she was taking notes.)

It's well worth considering if you're around during the festival, especially as they throw in champagne and nibbles. Two words of advice though.
  1. Wrap up warm. It gets bloody cold on the river at night.
  2. Don't have two pints of beer just before getting on board. There are no toilets on a punt, no convenient landing stages until the end, and peeing in the river is generally frowned upon in mixed company.

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