Observatory Cinema \\ The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (15)

Wes Anderson | 2004 | 15 | USA | Touchstone Pictures

On the closing night of AND’s Observatory Cinema, we presented an outdoor screening of Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004). Renowned and eccentric oceanographer Steve Zissou (Bill Murray) has sworn vengeance upon the rare ‘jaguar shark’ that devoured his best friend and chief diver Esteban, in this comedy-drama caper. 

Zissou (a parody of and homage to French diving pioneer Jacques Cousteau, to whom the film is dedicated) is joined on his aging research vessel, the Belafonte, by Ned (Owen Wilson), a man who believes Zissou to be his father; pregnant journalist Jane (Cate Blanchett); safety expert and Brazilian guitarist Pelé dos Santos (Seu Jorge); and first mate Klaus (Willem Dafoe). 

As they travel the seas, Team Zissou are confronted with the precarious nature of human existence, running into pirates, Steve’s oceanographic nemesis Alistair (Jeff Goldblum) and perhaps worse, Steve’s estranged wife Eleanor (Anjelica Huston). Shot in Anderson’s instantly recognisable visual style and featuring a soundtrack of 60s-80s rock alongside Portuguese covers of David Bowie tracks, The Life Aquatic is a modern cult classic.

Audiences are invited to arrive and get settled from 6.30pm, with the programme starting promptly at 7.30pm (The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou run time 115 minutes). The event will be over around 10pm.

On site, you will find food and drinks vendors, including Cowshed Catering, portaloos and accessible areas. Please note that due to licensing you will not be able to bring your own alcohol or glass to this event. No parking will be available on site except for anyone with access requirements. There is road parking and lay-bys on the way up and then a 5-10 minute walk on an incline up to the Observatory on Bidston Hill. 

This event is outdoors, so please dress appropriately – we recommend that you bring your own blankets and cushions to make the most of this experience. Observatory Cinema will go-ahead whatever the weather (rain or shine). We recommend you dress warmly, wear layers and bring a waterproof coat. If adverse weather conditions mean that the event is unable to progress safely and the event is cancelled, ticket holders will be issued with a refund. Please note no dogs are allowed on site. We have taken into account government guidance relating to social distancing, and will safely accommodate you and your group from arrival through to departure.

Tickets are priced at £20 per plot, and each plot comfortably seats up to 6 people. If you have any access requirements, we have a number of wheelchair-accessible plots available (at a concessionary rate, suitable for one wheelchair user plus guests). Please select this option at checkout, or call Ticket Quarter Monday and Friday, 10am – 5pm on 0344 8000 410 to assist with your booking.

For event enquires, email info@andfestival.org.uk

If you have any other access requirements, email access@andfestival.org.uk.

Working with Bidston Observatory Artistic Research Centre, we have taken into account government guidance relating to social distancing, and will safely accommodate you and your group throughout your time with us. Please bring your own face mask. There will be hand washing / sanitising stations around the site. Please see our statement about continuing Stage 3 measures on the journal.

Event info:

  • Sun 4th — Sun 4th Jul 2021
    @ 6.30pm - 10pm
  • Bidston Observatory
  • £20 per group (up to 6 people)

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