Back To The Future’s fiction setting, Hill Valley, is set to be built in London for a live movie event, which will see its audience members become citizens of the fictional town.
Secret Cinema is an experimental film company that creates elaborate sets and worlds based around specific films as they try to merge the film’s narrative into reality. In the past they have done this for Terry Gillam’s Brazil, Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel and Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, but the announcement that Back To The Future will be the latest film honored in this fashion has been met with a fevered response by movie fans.
Those who are lucky enough to get tickets will become citizens of Hill Valley between 1955 and 1985, and they will then be allowed to participate in various scenarios that are based around the 1985 film’s plot. Some people will get the opportunity to use a “time machine” that will transport them from 1985 to 2015, which is when Back To The Future II is set.
A battle of the bands contest is also set to be held, which will see numerous bands play on stage each night, and this will culminate with a high profile band headlining the set at the end of the evening. This will then be followed by an “Enchantment Under The Sea” prom-party, which will he held at a secret venue after the film has been screened.
Fabien Riggall, Secret Cinema’s founder and artistic director, explained, “For Secret Cinema presents Back to the Future, we will build an entire town, where audiences will live inside the world of Back to the Future. We will play heavily on the innocent dreamlike Americana world of 1955 and the nostalgic pre mobile phone world of 1985.”
2015 also marks the 30th anniversary of Back To The Future’s original release date, while a musical adaptation of the film is set to open in London’s West End around the same time.
Back To The Future tells the story of Michael J Fox’s Marty McFly, who lives in the fictional town of Hill Valley in Northern California. He is close friends with the eccentric scientist Doc Brown, who builds a time machine out of a Delorean that accidentally transports Marty back to 1955, where he then tries to get back to the future, all while trying to make sure that his mum and dad fall in love.
It is widely regarded as one of the finest films of the 1980s and has built up a fervent cult audience.