Written by Jessica Elliott

‘Why don’t you make like a tree, and get out of here!’  It may have been November 15 2011 but stepping into Manchester Town Hall I was catapulted back into a 1955 American dance hall, thanks to Jameson Cult Film Club’s screening of Back to the Future.     

The excitement began before even entering the building with the arrival of none other than a DeLorean complete with Doctor Emmett Brown.

This provided a great photo opportunity and even had a red gillet on the front seat so anyone could be Marty McFly for the night.

As with all Jameson’s events, tickets were free but on a first come first served basis which inevitably led to some being disappointed at being refused entry,  but the feeling of being part of such a unique and exciting event really makes it worth getting in the queue early for.

Actors playing the parts of Marty, Doc and Biff wandered in amongst the crowd interacting with each other and posing for pictures.

Elliott, the actor playing Marty Mcfly, said: “This is literally the best day of my life, it’s not every day you get to dress up as Marty McFly.

“I think the Back to the Future trilogy are the best three films ever made and I feel honoured to dress as Marty and perform for people.”

Green light bathed the walls of the town hall chambers, echoing the Jameson whiskey bottles, and certainly one perk of this event was the free drinks.

To promote the whiskey cocktails were made using mixers such as cranberry and apple juice, with guests entitled to three free drinks throughout the night and they were a great warm up to the film itself.

The screening was in the Great Hall which had been decorated as the Enchantment Under the Sea dance hall, where Marty wows the unsuspecting audience with a blistering rendition of ‘Johnny B. Goode’, and had giant seahorse sculptures and silver streamers.

Perhaps the alcohol on offer added to the audience participation, with many cheering when Marty made it back to the future or when his parents had the all important kiss which was not your average movie theatre experience but kept it light-hearted and fun.

One minor point was the hall’s acoustics were not brilliant, this meant it took a little while for the sound desk to make the film audible for those sitting near the back.

However, this problem was rectified and enjoyed by the hundreds that remained gripped in their seat for one of the 1980s most enchanting films brought wonderfully to life by Jameson Cult Film Club.

To put it simply – if you have never heard of Jameson Film Club, or never been to one of their events, you really are missing out.

For more information visit www.jamesoncultfilmclub.com.

About The Author

Simon Fitzjohn

Simon is a journalism tutor in London, who also just happens to be a movie fanatic, with a craving for the darker side of cinema. He has written two books, one on the horror films of director Bob Clark (2014) and the other on the history of the character Norman Bates (2015). His third book, on the work of British exploitation director Pete Walker, is due in 2017.