I had the pleasure of visiting The Future Gallery last night to see Incident at Loch Ness, my first Werner Herzog film. The space itself had been transformed from a gallery into an indoor oasis by the good people of Cafe du Pique-Nique. There was ultra-realistic fake grass on the floor, trees, benches and blankets to sit on and all manner of tasty drinks and picnic style food at the bar.
Yes it does sound a bit girlie but so what? Variety is to be encouraged, and besides, relaxing in the West end sipping organic cider whilst watching European cinema is the perfect antidote to slumming it in East end spit-and-sawdust pubs munching on pork scratchings whilst watching European football.
The film itself is a spoof Loch Ness documentary - probably too late for a spoiler alert now - featuring Werner and his crew as they set out into the Loch to try to dispell the myth. As you can imagine, not everything goes to plan; the sonar operator is more Playboy Bunny than lab technician, the crypto-zoologist is unstable and the producer is filming an alternate movie without Werner's knowledge.
I had a thoroughly enjoyable evening and made a mental note to trawl Lovefilm for Werner Herzog movies. All I need now is some of that fake grass and I'll be able to create Chez Walsh du Pique-Nique.