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You’re Gonna Need A Bigger Boat is a monthly audiovisual film quiz run at three venues across London (Kentish Town, Hackney and Brixton) and at one in Oxford. Projected onto a big screen (the only way a quiz dedicated entirely to movies should be shown), the Bigger Boat film quiz updates the good old British pub quiz for the 21st Century.


...The Quiz

Running for over ten years, You’re Gonna Need A Bigger Boat is a monthly audiovisual film quiz that has become something of a cult event for movie nerds from across the capital and beyond. Premiering each month in north London (originally at The Boogaloo pub in Highgate but now moved to The Assembly House in Kentish Town), the quiz can also be played at the Hackney Attic (Hackney Picturehouse), Upstairs at the Ritzy (Ritzy Picturehouse, Brixton) and at Big Society, Oxford.

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Immerse yourself in our big-screen, big-sound experience as our multimedia quiz brings you pictures, posters, clips and soundtracks from the world of film.

The quiz itself starts around 7:30pm and usually takes around two-and-a-half hours (this includes two intervals for marking and drink refills). While tables are reserved for those taking part in the quiz, it's best to get there as early as you can to grab the best seats!

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...The Venues

The Assembly House, Kentish Town

For 2014, You're Gonna Need A Bigger Boat moves its residency from The Boogaloo in Highgate a little closer to town - Kentish Town, in fact. A stone's throw from the Tube station, this historic building has been lovingly refurbished to create one of London's finest pubs. It also has an HD projector and a wonderful food menu.

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Hackney Attic, Hackney

The Hackney Picturehouse is on Mare Street in Hackney, a short walk from Hackney Central overground station (map). It opened in 2011 and sitting at the very top of this venue is the Hackney Attic, a long, open venue with nothing in the way of your view of the huge screen.

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Upstairs At The Ritzy

The Ritzy Cinema is a few minutes’ walk from Brixton tube station (Victoria Line) (map). In 2009 this historic venue was treated to a refurbishment that added the bar and live music venue, Upstairs at the Ritzy. The venue is split across two levels, but in addition to our main screen on the upper level, we can also make use of a large-screen TV in the bar area on the lower level.

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Big Society, Oxford

The former Elm Tree pub on Cowley Road, which was also previously the Lan Kwai Fong restaurant, has just relaunched as Big Society. Friendly staff, great beer, superb food… and now London’s finest film quiz make for a great venue.

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...The Hosts

You're Gonna Need A Bigger Boat is brought to you by Lee-Jay Bannister and Simon Williams who have been writing and hosting the quiz since May 2005.

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Simon is the one who writes the questions and at our Kentish Town and Brixton quizzes you will find him on the mic. He enjoys zombie movies, apocalypse movies and zombie apocalypse movies. He is also a huge fan of/apologist for Michael Bay.

Lee-Jay is the one who makes the AV magic happen and on Quiz Nights, he sits, Wizard-of-Oz-like, behind a curtain pressing buttons and twiddling knobs (you can also hear him on the mic at the Hackney quiz). He has an unhealthy fascination with 'proper' actors like Ian McKellen, Kenneth Branagh and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

...The History

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Back in 2003, MTV's Paul Hupfield and Stewart Williams wanted to create a film-themed TV panel show. To test the concept, they set up a quiz at The Boogaloo pub in Highgate and called it You're Gonna Need A Bigger Boat. The pub quiz ran for two years while Paul and Stewart developed their TV pilot, Dude, Where’s My Movie Quiz?, but sadly the show didn't get picked up (despite a brilliant line-up including Simon Pegg and Warwick Davies) so the boys announced the end of the Bigger Boat quiz to focus on their next project, the horror-comedy film Lesbian Vampire Killers.

Leaping at the opportunity, we took the first-Wednesday-of-the-month slot at The Boogaloo, kept the brilliant name and started up our own quiz. And the rest, as they say, is history!

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