Movie Machine for troops in Afghanistan

Discussion in 'Films, Music and All Things Artsy' started by BFBS, Nov 9, 2007.

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  1. British Forces in Afghanistan are about to get a big welfare boost. SSVC’s Movie Machine, a state-of-the-art 80-seat cinema on wheels, is deploying to Camp Bastion in Helmand Province for the thousands of British Forces based there.

    Housed in the largest vehicle which is road-legal, the rig can convert from articulated lorry to plush cinema in just half an hour, with one man driving and operating. The Movie Machine will provide a unique respite for our servicemen and women. For a couple of hours, they can enter another world, and be transported back to the Odeon or Ritzy in their hometown. The Movie Machine will provide 3 screenings a day in Camp Bastion, entertaining up to1680 troops a week.

    The £500k Movie Machine, one of only 4 in Britain, will be flown into Afghanistan on the world’s biggest heavy-lifter aircraft, the Antonov 124, as soon as space becomes available. We really hope it’ll get there in time for Christmas, so fingers crossed it gets a space on the Antonov very soon.

    Forces charity SSVC, (which also encompasses BFBS TV and Radio and CSE live entertainment) bought the Movie Machine out of its welfare funds, and the MoD pays the running costs. The rig has already done five years’ sterling service in the Balkans, touring the bases in Bosnia and Kosovo from May 2002 until drawdown in April this year.

    Anyone who experienced the Movie Machine in the Balkans will know just what a great welfare asset it is.

    (Of interest to sappers, one of our two drivers, who’s been with the rig since the start in 2002, did 23 years with the Royal Engineers, in UK, NI, Germany, and the Falkland Islands. He left the Corps in 1997. And then ended up back with the Forces in the Balkans for five years, and now Afghanistan…)

    To see the rig, go to http://www.ssvc.com/cinema/movie_machine.htm
     

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  2. Had the pleasure of watching "Layer Cake" in the movie machine whilst in Kosovo a few years ago. Minus 22 outside and similar inside! Hope you've got the heating / air con sorted!
     
  3. It's just had a full pre-deployment service and is as good as new. It's parked just outside my wndow as I type.
     
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