Shortwave BY LONG LANE

We meet up with Rob and Dean to view what’s new at the Shortwave cinema on Bermondsey Square by Owen Rice

Shortwave Cinema on Long Lane SE1

in August Shortwave brought on board Bermondsey Street’s Mr Hospitable, Dean James, who has introduced a real sense of kitsch humour to the interior design and the service. The bar wall is a dramatically lit tiled backdrop to an extensive spirit range. There are also boutique wines and Champagnes, bottled beers, ciders and European lagers, all of which you can take in the cinema and enjoy in front of the film.

Another great treat for cinema-goers is the Hotdog menu with authentic German sausages, exotic garnishes and fresh locally sourced bread. Great food, great drink, cutting edge films and events makes Shortwave the hottest venue in Bermondsey Square.

“Great ‘IT’ food with edgy entertainment

The whole space has been styled tastefully with retro furniture and interesting local artwork. In the daytime Shortwave doubles up as café offering fantastic coffee, wonderful loose-leaf teas and sumptuous cakes. In the evenings, think New York basement bar with a wonderful warm and welcoming atmosphere, friendly service and great music.

I asked Dean about the recent retro additions including the enormous art installation made from disused VHS cassettes. “I can’t get over what we’ve achieved so quickly. At times I’ve felt a lot like Basil Fawlty, but I think we really nailed it” he joked.
Dean Rob Wray in front of Shortwave Cinema London

Shortwave is the brainchild of Rob Wray. Rob started out producing short films, having spotted an advert for a filmmaking course while bunking off from his work on a building site in Dublin. On his return to London in 1999, he created Shortwave as a club night to promote filmmakers, DJ’s and bands. Shortwave Cinema as a permanent venue opened in April 2009.

Rob is also the founder and director of Elefest, Elephant and Castle’s annual festival. Launched in 2003 and originally a film festival it has expanded into an arts festival and is now a permanent fixture on the cultural map of London. Having created a winning formula, Rob was also one of the founders of the Bermondsey Street Festival in 2007.

Shortwave cinema and bar can be hired on an hourly basis for private screenings and parties and also supports low budget and emerging filmmakers by offering discounted screenings.

In May 2012 Shortwave had an upgrade as part of a new partnership with Soda Cinema. The cinema is now equipped with 2K Digital kit and is fully air-conditioned so now shows films on release date while retaining its independent and art house ethos.

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