Thursday, 14 November 2013


· Local brewery to show Terence Fisher’s DRACULA at next open day

· Event supported by British Film Institute, as part of Gothic season

· Screening to be held on the night of the full moon, with food and real ales served

· Original event to open brewery space up for local community to gather and share in entertainment, say brewers

Local beer producer Goody Ales is to hold its first feature film screening inside the brewery grounds. As part of its open day on Sunday 17th November the brewery will screen Terence Fisher's HORROR OF DRACULA. The screening is held in partnership with the British Film Institute (BFI) as part of their Gothic season.

At the event dubbed Firkins and Film at Full Moon, food will be served along with five real ales. And in an apt nod to the Gothic tradition, the screening will be held on the night of the full moon, with the brewery’s location near West Blean woods on Bragg’s Lane providing an atmospheric backdrop. 

The original event joins the recent ‘pop up cinema’ phenomenon in the UK, with a growing trend for alternative and outdoor screenings seeing films shown in abandoned petrol stations, on rooftops and on boats, to name a few.

However this is perhaps the first time a feature film has been shown in a brewery, and if successful the family-run brewery hopes to make it the first of many film nights. 

The screening is curated by the brewster's daughter, Alice Goody-Lawrence who, alongside Tim Burke (organiser of Whitstable Anchorage Club’s new variety show) previously programmed and co-ran the Portobello Pop Up - a cinema built entirely from reclaimed and recycled material’s under London’s Westway flyover. This new event is an attempt to bring some of the capital’s rich and vibrant arts scene to the local area. 

She says, "In its golden age, the cinema was a convivial gathering point for the the public. We want to invoke that sense of shared, communal enjoyment that cinema once represented. By staging creative film events inside the brewery we want to open up the space to the local community and show that it is accessible to all."

Brewster Karen Goody is excited about the potential of creating a local hub for her patrons, as well as the opportunity to showcase their range of delicious ales. She added, "Who wouldn’t want some entertainment with their pint? We will be serving ‘Genesis’, our first brew, our porter ‘Good Lord’, 'Good Heavens' our best bitter, our pale ale ‘Good Life’ and a special for the night. The event is a bit of an experiment. We hope to have a good turnout and if it goes well we will be open to ideas and suggestions from locals for future events.”

THE HORROR OF DRACULA, described by critics as “a great British horror film with bite”, features standout performances from Hammer stalwarts Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. 

The film also has local relevance through star Peter Cushing who lived in Whitstable and was a character remembered very fondly by many people in the town. Whitstable pub The Peter Cushing used to be a cinema. 

The brewery will be open from 4pm on Sunday 17th November, with the film starting at nightfall (around 5pm). Tickets will be available on the door or can be pre-booked at

Bleangate Brewery is situated on Braggs Lane, Herne. On the Canterbury road half a mile outside the village of Herne, Braggs Lane is on the right after the First and Last pub. The nearest bus stop is a five minute walk from the brewery. The nearest train station is Herne Bay.