Coming to The Handyman Supermarket this May is an innovative pop-up festival that takes advantage of an iconic Liverpool space ahead of its transformation into a pub and brewery. Hammer and Nail Pop Up Film Festival is the work of Empty Spaces Cinema, a new group made up of volunteers from Liverpool Small Cinema who are looking to put on pop-up cinema events across Merseyside. Christopher Brown from Empty Spaces explains the thinking behind the event: “We’re really excited to be bringing these fantastic films to this well-known Wavertree location. We’ve picked three films that reflect such an unusual space. Well before the DIY store was there it was a 300 seat cinema back in 1911, called the Sefton Park Picturedrome.”
Film-wise, things commence on the Saturday night with a 30th Anniversary screening of audience-favourite Withnail & I. The film famously depicts the misadventures of a pair of down-on-their-luck alcoholics played by Richard E. Grant and Liverpool-born Paul McGann. Following on the Sunday is a family-friendly showing of recent Disney fare Wreck-it Ralph. The tale of a destructive handyman; there will be a chance for kids to get to grips with some DIY creations of their own before the film. The fest then concludes with Hammer Horror classic The Hound of the Baskervilles starring legendary actors Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. A brilliant, atmospheric horror-mystery take on Sherlock Holmes, the film is sure to delight modern audiences.