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You’re Gonna Need A Bigger Boat is a monthly audiovisual film quiz run at multiple venues across London 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. Running for over a decade, You’re Gonna Need A Bigger Boat is the original and best audiovisual film quiz you’ll find.


...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. Originally at The Boogaloo pub in Highgate (followed by The Assembly House in Kentish Town), the quiz can currently be played at the Hackney Attic (Hackney Picturehouse), Upstairs at the Ritzy (Ritzy Picturehouse, Brixton) at The Lord Nelson (Brentford) 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

North London

In 2014, You're Gonna Need A Bigger Boat moved its residency from The Boogaloo in Highgate to The Assembly House in Kentish Town. After a change of management at The Assembly House the quiz is currently looking for a new North (or Central) London venue.

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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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The Lord Nelson, Brentford

Tucked away on the back streets on Enfield Road (map), The Lord Nelson is the classic British pub updated for the modern day. New for 2016, The Lord Nelson also plays host to You’re Gonna Need A Bigger Boat.

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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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