Film Event: Empire Live at The O2

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Empire Live at the O2
This weekend, myself and Jack popped over to the O2 Arena in London to attend the very first AA Empire Live. Showcasing more than 50 film themed activities and event screenings, guests were invited to enjoy some amazing film previews, workshops, pop-up parties, celebrity Q&As and participate in Empire Podcasts. Here's a little look at what we got up to...

London O2 arena
A few months ago, I made a list of all my most anticipated film events of 2016 and I'm so pleased to say that I managed to tick another off this weekend. Kicking off on Friday evening with a special preview of Swiss Army Man (Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert, 2016) starring Daniel Radcliffe, Empire Live was made up of The Empire Hub - a bowling alley hosting a social hang out for masterclasses, panels, a movie quiz and pop-up parties; and The Empire City which included some fun movie props and a Empire photobooth. A few standouts from the festival included A Ghostbusters Slime-a-Long, Game of Thrones: Battle of the Bastards screening and an Aardman Model Making Workshop. 

Up first for us was a screening of Richard Linklater's sequel to Dazed and Confused (1993), 1980s college comedy, Everyone Wants Some!! (2015). Whilst it wasn't quite what I was expecting, I was so pleased to finally have a chance to see it - even more so on the big screen. Following a screening of Pixar Shorts in the Cineworld Superscreen, we grabbed a quick bite to eat at Gourmet Burger Kitchen before gearing up for our final screening.

Empire Live schedule
Forever Hope Foundation Stormtrooper
20th Century Fox Trolls
Empire Live screenings
Gourmet Burger Kitchen meal
Empire Live Photobooth
Empire Live red carpet
My Scientology Movie Empire Live
O2 arena view
Emirates Cable Car
For our final screening, we were treated to a special advanced screening of Louis Theroux's My Scientology Movie - a documentary directed by John Dower which took ten years to make. Complete with a video introduction from Mr. Theroux himself, this was easily the highlight of our day and was such an interesting and entertaining watch. I would strongly recommend giving this a watch when it hits cinemas in early October. Last but not least and being so close to the O2, we finished up our day with a quick trip on the Emirates Air Line - a 90 metre tall cable car with stunning views of the River Thames.

Being the first year of the event, I was a bit unsure what to expect but I am so pleased to have been able to attend. Despite feeling as though Empire probably could have been a little more organised with providing information about the event ahead of time, I would love to return next year to see what they have in-store. Tickets were available as both packages and individually and I think had I been again, I would definitely recommend package in order to get as much out of the event as possible. Overall, we had an awesome day and am pretty darn happy to have gotten to see some of the films ahead of release.

Thanks so much to Jack, who wasn't feeling too well this weekend, for battling through and allowing me to drag him round the O2 all day. Did you go to Empire Live - what was your highlight of the event? What did you get up to this weekend? As always, I love reading your comments so please do leave me lots of lovely ones in the comment section below.

Until next time movie lovers,




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  1. I am obsessed with Louis Theroux, I cannot wait to see his scientology movie. He's just not scared to probe like other journalists but he manages to do so in a fairly respectful way.

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    1. Ugh you will love it! It's classic Louis but also some great new stuff. It is very funny at the same time but a very well made film too :) x

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  2. This looks like such a fun event, I wish I could've gone! :) Oh, the pains of not living in the capital where all these interesting things take place.

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  3. Aw I'm so pleased you had a lovely time! I love reading your posts about things like this! I must go to one someday, I know Tim would love it! Oh also... ;) are you going to be making a list of horror movies coming out ;) halloween is upon us "this is halloween" ehe

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    1. Aw thanks hun - I'm so glad you like reading them :) I will of course be doing stuff for Halloween haha it's the most wonderful time of the year xx

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  4. It looks like it was a good experience. I hope that Jack is feeling better! I think Linklater's Dazed and Confused is more relatable than Everybody Wants Some!! because there were different subcultures in the former while it's mostly the jock culture in the latter. Oh, I would like to see Swiss Army Man and the Louis Theroux documentary. Are you going to do reviews? I remember the one where Theroux spent time at a bordello and it seemed a prostitute had a crush on him and the one where he was looking at neo nazis in California. He did pretty well on University Challenge when they did their Christmas episodes last year.

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    1. Yeh he's doing much better thank you - the joys of antibiotics! Yeah possibly although university in the UK is much much different anyway and I wasn't born in the 80s haha It wasn't quite as I had expected but still really enjoyed it. I will do a review of My Scientology Movie for sure (if I find the time!). My favourite is the Adam Buxton podcast where they get hyped on energy drinks and sing haha x

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  5. Looks like a fantastic event, would love the opportunity to attend next year. Jaz

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    1. Yeah I hope they do another one next year (since this was the first one) - I'd love to go again :) x

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  6. This looks amazing and the food looks to die for too! You always go to the best events! x

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