The Croydon community came together on August 15th to celebrate the life of actor, Robin Williams, and raise funds for the mental health charity, Mind in Croydon.
About 100 people sat in Matthews Yard to watch the film, Dead Poets Society, joining the numerous other Secret Cinema locations across the globe that had united to remember a great talent who had lost his life. For further information on Secret Cinema, please visit http://www.secretcinema.org/ .
The event was organised by local lady, Gemma Johnson, who felt compelled to put it on after seeing a Secret Cinema Facebook post days earlier. Secret Cinema is an interactive event, which creates a whole experience rather than just watching the film, and Gemma brought that to Matthews Yard. She asked people to dress up in suits and school uniform, the screening room became a classroom, the interval was renamed break time and the audience were encouraged to chuck paper around.
A spokesperson from Mind in Croydon was very thankful for the organisation of this event and there was one individual who held Gemma’s hand to thank her about five times. The figure raised is £300, some individuals were seen putting £20 into the bucket.
Gemma said: “It went well considering that I organised it with 72 hours to go until the [film viewing] on the Friday evening. It was a great event to bring everyone together – it was such a culturally diverse audience.
“It couldn’t have happened without the help of Secret Cinema, Matthews Yard and Mind in Croydon.”
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