The Format:

The ticketed event started at 7pm with guests entering Manchester Square and walking down a lit path towards the open area which showcased a large 7m wide screen in front of which were an array of deckchairs, picnic blankets and cushions. Amazing aromas filled the air from the food stalls managed by M&S and the guests were treated to a visual feast complimenting the catering. The summer theme worked beautifully with jazz playing in the background and brightly coloured drums with rustic chairs accented with lemons, oranges and flowers. From 8pm the movie was running and the audience enjoyed immersive sound with wireless headphones. The quality was incredible and it was clear that everyone at the event was having a great time.

The Rig:

For Shortlist’s Film Club screenings outdoors across the UK, Perception provided wireless headphones, power distribution, set build and screen and projection.
As the films were non-DCP protected, we could use a conventional video playback solution. The videos were played via Playback Pro to two double-stacked 20k Panasonic projectors, with a double redundant DVI over CAT5 system.
To construct the 7m wide, 4m high screen, we used a frame constructed from Prolyte H30V, secured to the ground with Spirafix stakes. These provide around 1000kg of anchoring force per stake, eliminating the need for ballast.
As with many squares across London, there is very little power available, so we brought in two 40kva generators with an AMF panel to provide a backup on demand if the main generator were to fail.

More Details


  • Power Distribution
  • Set Build
  • Projection
  • Technical support


  • Shortlist Media