A thrilling new Wes Anderson exhibition is coming to London

The French Dispatch exhibition will showcase some of the characters, props and locations featured in Anderson's new movie. Peter Gray reports.

Wes Anderson fans can rejoice as not just one but two exhibitions dedicated to the quirky director are set to open in London this month. Ok, to be perfectly honest, the first one is not new, but the Accidentally Wes Anderson Exhibition, which thrilled Londoners in 2020, is back again this autumn for another run at Hackney’s Old Bank Vault.

And now, with the release of Anderson’s new movie imminent, Searchlight Pictures are launching a fascinating pop up at 180 The Strand to tie in with the movie’s release.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The French Dispatch Exhibition will feature original sets, props, costumes, and artworks from the movie as well as…wait for it…a whole French café. The Le Sans Blague Café is featured prominently in the movie and the Spotlight team have recreated the venue for film fans.

For those of you who have been in a coma or living under a rock for the last twenty years, Wes Anderson is the director behind some of the most stylish and iconic movies of the last two decades. Known for his flamboyantly original characters, quirky humour and photographer’s eye, Anderson has single handedly carved out his own unique genre.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The director first came to prominence with his 1998 movie Rushmore. The film introduced filmgoers to many of the Anderson staples, including unrequited love; sad, dysfunctional teens; and picture perfect settings. Rushmore was also the first of Anderson’s movies to include the actor Bill Murray, who was to become such a staple of the director’s subsequent films. It was Anderson’s next film, however, that really confirmed the American’s status as one of the world’s best moviemakers.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The Royal Tenenbaums was released in 2001. A quirky comedy drama, the film introduced the world to the heroically dysfunctional Tenenbaum family and their eccentric father, Royal Tenenbaum, played by Gene Hackman. The movie also featured such Anderson regulars as Owen Wilson, Ben Stiller, and Angelica Houston with able support from Gwyneth Paltrow.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Tenenbaums was a major commercial and critical success, with the film finishing 159th in Empire’s poll of the greatest films ever made. Anderson didn’t rest on his laurels, however, following Tenenbaums with a string of hits, including 2009’s Fantastic Mr Fox and 2012’s Moonrise Kingdom.

The French Dispatch will represent the director’s 10th movie and his first since 2018’s Isle of Dogs.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The movie tells three vastly different stories which are linked by the fact that each one appears in the French Dispatch magazine of the title. The stories, which concern a kidnapping, a criminally insane artist and the 1968 student, emerge as the magazine gets ready to publish its final issue.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The French Dispatch Exhibition will take place at the 180 Studios from the 14th of October until the 14th of November 2021 (please note, however, that the 14th of October is for 180 Studios Members only, general tickets are available from the 15th of October). For more information or to book, please click here.

For information on other great exhibitions in London, please click here.

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What: movie exhibition
When: 14 Oct - 14 Nov 21
Where: The Strand
Website: 180 The Strand