Crawley • 19 Nov 2022

Night Watch film trail in Crawley, 19 Nov

See Crawley in a new way as part of an outdoor film trail

On Saturday 19th November, watch short films projected onto the streets of Crawley as part of videoclub’s Night Watch film trail. Five films by British and international artists will be shown above shops and on buildings, taking place for one evening only.

Follow the film trail as the mobile cinema moves around central Crawley, with opportunities to stop and watch, and then follow the trail to the next location. Viewers can follow the trail or just watch one film. videoclub will be walking films through the streets using a portable cinema.

Meet in Queen’s Square outside Metro Bank at either 5pm or 6:30pm to start the tour. The trail will be repeated at those times. Look out for the yellow hi-vis vests.

To get free tickets for the film trail on Saturday, 19th November: Book here for the 5pm or 6.30pm trail*

*Both trails are the same, so you only need to attend one unless you’d like to repeat your experience.

Access: the trail will cover approximately 1km, all wheelchair accessible. The pace is fairly leisurely. Films will be subtitled.

The event is free to attend and you can just turn up. Spaces are limited though, so to guarantee your place please reserve your FREE ticket.


A still image from an animation shows a bright pink UFO hovers on a glitchy, digital yellow background watched by blue frogs.
Memory Theatre by Thomas Lock, 2012

Memory Theatre takes as its starting point a personal reflection on my memory of cartoons, films, online videos and music. The material used in the work ranges from reflections on my childhood in the 80’s through to the present day. Collage and cut up techniques run throughout the editing creating confusing and psychedelic relationships within the visual and sonic content. Video is broken down through pixelation whilst layers of imagery, sound and live action are merged together.” – Thomas Lock

A still from a digital animation shows a black and white spotted fourlegged furry animal with a loop of fur for a head. The animal is in a brightly coloured pink and greeen environment with stars and rainbows.
Reverse Wormhole by Sarah Ann Banks, 2020

In Reverse Wormhole a cosmic creature, with a random matter-generating portal for a head, expels distorted life forms into existence.

A still from an animation shows 5 bright green bald cyclists riding a red five seater bicycle along a street.
Cool 3D World (Brian Tessler and Jon Baker), Bicycle, 2019

Five green people on a tandem bicycle ride through the streets of New York City. The group effortlessly pedals around road signs, traffic and even up a tall building to escape the wrath of a street cart vendor. The bicyclists eventually wind up at a roof party where they sadly lose their front wheel. Luckily there are several purple unicyclists nearby to help.

A person with bright red lipstick and yellow make up around the eyes has their mouth wide open with a jam jar exiting it. Fire comes out of their ears and a bright red neon light shines horizontally behind the person.
Dynasty Handbag, Vat Do You Vahnt For Bwekfas?, 2016

Vat Do You Vahnt For Bwekfas? is a response to privilege, environmental collapse and the horror of American grocery stores. This work features a robot version of Dynasty Handbag refusing choice, being disdainful of choice, questioning choice and fighting choice. How are the choices we make in our life today preparing ourselves for having zero choices in the future? Doesn’t look good!

Still from an animation shows a woman in black and white standing in a brightly coloured environment including a puffy pink tree, lime green sky, yellow sandy beach and blue sea. Two floating white appliances have images on, one with pink lips and one with a yellow, blue and pink eye with long lashes.
True Sound Façade by Laura Nasir-Tamara, 2020

Commissioned by Barbican x The Smalls for their “Inside out” short film series, “True Sound Facade” is a poetic dance and animation film in which a dancer realises their digital self feels truer than their real world self. The film takes its inspiration from the japanese notions of “honne” the true sound, one’s innermost feelings, and “tatemae”, the façade we put up to live in society. It stars Kino McHugh, dancing with and against a colourful animated environment born out of her movements.


Night Watch is part of a season celebrating 75 years of Crawley new town. Crawley Borough Council will light up and enliven Crawley town centre from 18th to 20th November with lanterns and light installations in Memorial Gardens, plus a ‘Tales of Crawley’ promenade performance on the High Street, bandstand entertainment, and street performances. The festive weekend will end with the annual Christmas tree lights switch-on in Queens Square on Sunday, 20th November.

Creative Crawley are delivering a free Give it a Go: Projection workshop from 12 – 3pm on the same day as the Night Watch film trail. If you would like to do some experimenting with projection and 3D mapping you can join for free – find out more information by clicking here.

Night Watch is delivered in partnership with Creative Crawley. Supported by Crawley Town Centre Business Improvement District and Arts Council England.