Sat, 19 Sept


The Five Islands Academy


A heart warming tale crafted around the mysterious island of Samson set in 1914. A film adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's best seller ' When the Whales Came'

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Time & Location

19 Sept 2020, 19:15

The Five Islands Academy, 3 Church Rd, Isles of Scilly TR21 0NA, UK

About The Film

Bryher, Isles of Scillyy provides the setting for this historical adventure film adaptation from War Horse author and former Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo.

Gracie and her friend Daniel have always been warned to stay away from the Birdman and his side of the island. But then they find a message in the sand and discover the Birdman is not who they thought. They build up a friendship with him, but when the children get stranded on Samson they don't know whether to believe the birdman's story that the island is cursed.

Filmed on the islands in 1988, and set against the backdrop of the First World War, the tale brings the emotional reality of conflict to life for a remote island community.

Certified: U

Running time: 100 Minutes

Doors Open: 7:15PM

Film Starts: Shortly after sunset (just before 8pm)

Please book tickets in the bubbles you will be attending with to help us maintain social distancing and arrange the seating for you in advance.

Drinks and snacks: There will be an outdoor bar with prosecco, ales, lager and wines and soft drinks, our speciality hot chocolates with all the toppings (try it with Baileys or Brandy for an extra kick!) will also be available. Popcorn,crisps, sweets and snacks also available. Please do not bring your own drinks with you. Cash only on site please. We are a rain or shine event (unless extreme) so if the weather surprises us and the skies open  please make sure you are dressed for the weather! It can be chilly once the sun goes down so please do wrap up warm and bring a blanket.

Seating: Seating is provided but not allocated so be sure to arrive in advance to choose your chair, feel free to bring cushions and blankets for extra comfort. Seating is over 3 stepped levels in a semi circle shaped ampitheatre, there is also a row of ground floor seating if you prefer. We are a rain or shine event (unless extreme weather) so please wrap up warm and dress for the weather.

Venue: Situated at the Five Islands School Ampitheatre, enter via the 'big hill' at the top of Church Road or via the school carpark in Old Town, just follow the signs and listen for the music and jollity!

Comfort and safety: We are a relaxed event and you will be free to leave your seat at any time to visit the toilets or purchase a refreshment, we ask you to cover your face as you may briefly pass near other audience members. This is a safe environment to spend the evening and your welfare is our top priority so measures have been put in place to ensure this socially spaced cinema experience is COVID safe and is managed within government guidelines.

Would you like to pre book a bag of popcorn and glass of prosecco ready on arrival? Select the 'Prosecco & Popcorn' option in the ticket section.....

E Tickets- Your tickets will be attached to your confirmation email. Please ensure you can display your tickets on your phone or bring printed copies.

No smoking or dogs allowed. Accessible bathrooms on site.

Sit back, fresh popcorn in hand and experience a much loved film under the Scilly stars.....

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  • Child (4-15)