Celluloid Sail

  • Cinema, Expanded Cinema
“This is an adventure.”

This summer, the magical ship Kaskelot will float into harbours across the UK, its sails alight with colour and projection. Join us for a unique two day film, archive and circus experience.

The first day of Celluloid Sail is a free archive experience. On this day, audiences who visit the Kaskelot can climb aboard and explore secret spaces below deck and discover footage of Great British beach holidays, experimental coastal films from the archives and view footage through specially constructed binoculars. As night falls, this experience extends into the evening as light and projection animates the ship’s sails with stories of your harbour’s past.Entry aboard is between 14.00 – 21.00; space onboard is limited so entry may be staggered. For a real spectacle arrive after sunset to view ship-sail projection from the shore from 21:00 – 23:00.

On the second evening, the vessel will then be transformed into an expanded cinema for an outdoor screening of Wes Anderson’s cult-classic, The Life Aquatic. Before the film starts, audiences sat on the water’s edge will be treated to an archive film infused live circus performance on the ship’s rigging. Ticket holders for this special event will be offered the opportunity to experience the on board archive at allocated times before the show.

Tickets for the screening of The Life Aquatic can be purchased via the links below.

Plymouth: 6th May
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Belfast: 15th June
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Liverpool: 22nd June
Unfortunately the Liverpool leg of the Celluloid Sail tour is now cancelled.

Bristol: 14th July
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Bristol: 15th July *Please note the Bristol show is now SOLD OUT*
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London: TBC


Don’t miss this unique experience – explore a historic ship, find out about your harbour’s history, and in the evening settle down on the water’s edge to watch one of the nation’s best-loved films.

The tour will begin in Plymouth before visiting Belfast, Bristol and London over the summer and into the autumn. For ticket info and live updates, please see Facebook event pages. Click here for FAQ’s.


Britain on Film is supported by Unlocking Film Heritage awarding funds from The National Lottery.

Photo credit: Paul Blakemore @BLIKMO