Cinema Ship Makes Plymouth First Port of Call in Celebration of Coast and Sea

Photo Rick Tomlinson
(Last Updated On: April 21, 2017)

A stunning tall ship will be transformed into an outdoor cinema for a special two-day film event during her visit to Plymouth this Spring.

The Celluloid Sail tour will visit Sutton Harbour on the 5th and 6th May offering the public three unique film experiences onboard a three-masted barque, the Kaskelot during her three-week stay in Plymouth’s historic waterfront quarter.

By day, audiences who visit the ship can climb aboard and explore secret spaces in the bowels of the boat and discover footage about life at sea. On Friday 5th of May, this experience extends into the evening as light and projection will animate the ship’s sails.

On Saturday evening, the vessel will then be transformed into an expanded cinema for an outdoor screening of cult-classic, The Life Aquatic. Before the film starts, audiences sat on the quayside at Quay Square will be treated to an archive film infused live circus performance on the ship’s rigging.

The tour is curated by Compass Presents, a BFI Film Audience Network (BFI FAN) event, in partnership with the BFI’s ‘Britain on Film’ project which launches Britain on Film’s Coast & Sea programme – a collection of newly digitised archive films drawn from the BFI National Archive and the UK’s Regional and National Film Archives – available mostly for free on BFI Player via an interactive map.

The tour will start in Plymouth as part of Kaskelot’s eargerly awaited three-week return visit to Sutton Harbour from April 21st – May 15th before visiting Belfast, Liverpool, Bristol and London over the summer and into autumn.

Tara Sachdeva, creative producer of Celluloid Sail, commented:
“Britain’s national archives are bursting with unseen content located around the British coast. We are really excited to unveil some of these treasures that show Plymouth’s history and harbour communities.”

The activity during the day will be free to attend but people are strongly advised to attend early to avoid disappointment as space onboard is limited. The experience will be open from 10am to 10pm on Friday 5 and 10am to 5pm Saturday 6 May and will allow visitors to visit the hold, engine room, captain’s room, the forecastle and locate footage through specially constructed telescopes. Access to this area requires audiences to climb into the bowels of the boat, which in places are hard to reach, dark and not for the faint-hearted.

Those encountering the ship at night on Friday 5 May will discover a magical vessel, it’s ship sails lit with projection and light. Footage will immerse viewers in scenes of sea and coast and present incredible archive film relating to Plymouth, including footage of the Artiglio arriving in Plymouth to have its gold arrested from the salvage operation of the P&O ocean liner SS Egypt in 1932.

The screening of The Life Aquatic will be a ticketed event, with tickets now on sale for £14.50 per person (£12.50 for concessions) and available from Eventbrite. Audiences will arrive from 8pm and find a seat on the on the quayside at Sutton Harbour as they as they await the feature performance.

Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic is a comedy-drama starring Bill Murray as the eponymous Zissou, an eccentric oceanographer who sets out to exact revenge on the “jaguar shark” that ate his partner Esteban.

The trailer for Life Aquatic can be viewed here –

Tickets for the evening cinema show on Saturday 6 May can be purchased from  or climb aboard for free all day and night on Friday 5 May and during the day on Saturday 6 May.

For further information on the tour please visit or follow the tour on social media, @compasspresents and @compasspresents on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. #CelluloidSail


Team account for We Are South Devon.