Garish three-piece suits, lashings of leopard print leotards and dazzlingly kitsch jumpsuits are just a few of the questionable fashion choices you’ll be greeted with when you step through the doors of Odyssey 2001. With the likes of Daft Punk leading a mini revival of disco at the moment, Future Cinema’s funky seventies-themed Saturday Night Fever evenings couldn’t have come at a better time.
Once again giving London’s East End venue Troxy a dazzling cinematic make-over (a similarly impressive feat was achieved there in February with Casablanca) the aforementioned Brooklyn discothèque weekend hangout for the ridiculously coiffured Tony Manero and his buddies has been brought to vivid life once more. Complete with illuminated flooring for the revellers to strut their stuff (spurred on by an enthusiastic, leather-clad DJ), the atmosphere for the evening had an altogether looser vibe than the previous offering (the central section of the ground floor opened up to accommodate a huge, extended ‘soul train’ dance line).
That hugely iconic cinematic offering also proved to be the perfect film to screen in the bouncing atmosphere. To enhance the experience, professional dances simultaneously replicated John Travolta’s moves on screen, using the dancefloor below (the best use of 3D yet?) Settling down to watch the film, it becomes completely apparent why Saturday Night Fever is the perfect kind of cinema for an event like this. The soundtrack alone offers a collection of songs which are all inextricably linked with that era, and each has gone on to fill the playlists of every seventies-themed party and TV/Film homage ever since.
Following the main screening, the fun continued when Hi-NRG soul diva Kym Mazelle (best known for her cover of Young Hearts Run Free in Baz Luhrmann’s version of Romeo + Juliet) took to the stage for brief but memorable belting out of classic disco hits, including the late Donna Summer’s era-defining barnstormer, I Feel Love. The night then continued with London’s famed Horse Meat Disco – a great choice to ramp up the campy, party atmosphere.
Yet another hugely memorable (and highly immersive) evening for Future Cinema. Who knows what past cinematic treasure they’ll turn their attention to next time around? One thing is for certain – they have their work cut out to top what has gone before.
For those looking to grab a slice of that ‘Night Fever’, Future Cinema Presents Saturday Night Fever continues through to the 7th July.