Friday, June 25, 2010

Secret Cinema's BLADE RUNNER Extravaganza!

On June 20, 2010, in London, Secret Cinema presented Blade Runner.

Secret Cinema is a monthly gathering of all that love challenging and groundbreaking cinema, screening mystery films in extraordinary locations in the London, England area.

The internet is changing the way we watch films. The secret cinema changes where you watch films.

Every month a new secret location, participants will receive an email the day before the screening revealing a clue to the film that is to be shown and details of the secret venue.

The films are chosen by the secret cinema folk - whose names will remain secret - and sometimes by those who participate in the secret audience, who will send in their secret votes.

The locations vary. Anything from derelict theatres, rooftops, parks and other secret spaces wouldn't be out of the question.

There could be surprise re-scores and special guests at these events.

For future showings, you may register at

So, what was in store for their showing of Blade Runner?

Secret Cinema presents Blade Runner, in partnership with Windows phone, at Canary Wharf, London. 15th - 20th June 2010.

From the Secret Cinema's Newsletter:

'I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I've watched c-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate. All those moments will be lost in time. Like tears in the rain... time to die.'

To all A6000 to A6006 Travellers.

Secret Cinema, in partnership with Windows Phone, presented Ridley Scott's Blade Runner. Taking place in the heart of Canary Wharf, over 7000 travellers chose Utopia Skyways for the chance to begin again...


Watch the official film of the event here.

You can see photos here.

Click for reports by the BBC and ITV.


Travellers were sent into transit on the Utopia Skyways Shuttle Coaches where their friendly hostesses gave them a tour of the beautiful architecture in the Tyrell Corporation's Canary Wharf district. . .

As the coaches approached their destination they were unexpectedly stormed by Blade Runner units following an uprising in the off-world colonies. With preliminary tests for suspicious activity inconclusive amongst the travellers the shuttles were redirected and dropped off in one of the city holding zones - the Sea container terminus - an area frequented by touts, vagabonds, dwarves and other undesirables.

From here they headed into Chinatown where a series of sprawling alleyways were filled with drifters, world citizens, market stalls... and Replicants. Other globe-trotters headed into the FUTURE SHORTS CINEMA where amazing short films were on show and the Neon Love Bar where the infamous Fuel Girls tempted weary travellers away...

Taffey Lewis' Club was in full swing with HANNAH HOLLAND (off-world colonies) playing future beats. In the transit yard a full blown street party erupted when a renegade group of cyberpunks took over.

Deckard chased Zhora through the crowds in Taffey's during a set from the futuristic sounds of the incredible CHROME HOOF, narrowly missing capturing her and into the Bradbury Building where J F sebastian and his toys and projected pets woke up to the arriving visitors...

With all displaced travellers amassed Captain Bryant then performed a Replicant test on the 850 strong audience using the Voight Kampf procedure administered by Windows Phone. The results can be found here, please let us know if you know of any of the persons featured.

Further emotive tests then continued when Future Shorts presented Chris Cunningham's seminal short film for Björk's 'All is full of Love'. Watch it here.

Then the final test: BLADE RUNNER - THE FINAL CUT.

There was even the Blade Runner inspired playlist that #secretcinema goers picked...

This event looked so awesome! This is something that I hope another theatre troupe takes on and builds off of. What a spectacular show to take on the road.

"Have a better one!"

~ Kipple

Keeping you up to date on all things Blade Runner.

OFF-WORLD NEWS started out as a newsletter back in 1999 as a part of the Blade Runner fansite BladeZone. It was sent via email every month -- or more -- as news rolled in about anything Blade Runner-related. 

In 2007, the OFF-WORLD NEWS changed its format over to the Yahoo! Groups -- becoming its own entity -- collaborating with the DADoES/Blade Runner fanfiction e-zine, KippleZone. Email alerts could still be sent, but it was also a place on the web where all the news could be aggregated, stored, and viewed at one's leisure without necessarily having to subscribe via email.

In 2009, OFF-WORLD NEWS joined the twittersphere! 

In 2010, the OFF-WORLD NEWS transitioned to the blogosphere, where it currently resides. Now you can subscribe via email, RSS, Google Friend Connect, or NetworkedBlogs. 

And then, to begin 2012, OFF-WORLD NEWS found a home on Google+ to share the news with fellow googlers! 

I am thrilled and honoured to say that the Off-world News was mentioned in Paul M. Sammon's revised & updated edition of "Future Noir: The Making of Blade Runner". It is available in stores and online now. For more information about the book, go to the Future Noir: The Making of Blade Runner Facebook page

"Join us in a clean, fresh environment featuring the invigorating Blade Runner climate!"

~ Kipple (A.K.A. ~ C.A. Chicoine)

[UPDATED: May/2018]

A New Beginning!

On the anniversary of the first public showing of Blade Runner, I present to you the new and improved OFF-WORLD NEWS!

The Off-world News was originally an email newsletter. When I took over the role, I created the Yahoo! Group. Now, this has transitioned to the blogosphere. This format is great in that it presents the photos and videos on the blog, without having to click on the links. And it is archived here for as long as there's Blogger.

Besides the usual posted news blogs, more links, subscription options, and a live Twitter feed from OFF-WORLD NEWS are also available here for all your Off-world needs!

And as an added feature, we present the Twitter OFF-WORLD Links! These are the archived volumes from the Off-world News Yahoo! Group. From time to time there comes a clever Blade Runner/DADoES related mention over the Twitterland feed. This is where I posted some of the highlights.

Welcome to the new and improved OFF-WORLD NEWS blog!

~ Kipple (A.K.A. ~ Craig Chicoine)