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The Floating Cinema curates their favourite films to snuggle up with on the sofa

You may have seen our Floating Cinema about, either docked at its moorings in East London or drifting along the city's canals. You can't really miss it – it's a stunning white perspex cinema and auditorium on a purpose-built wide beam barge. We had a busy summer this year hosting dozens of on-board events for our Extra-International season and now it’s winter we’re suggesting our top five films to watch when it’s freezing outside. Snuggle up, folks.

Some Like It Hot (1959)
A Floating Cinema hire favourite. It’s not especially wintery but it will induce a few warming belly laughs nonetheless. This is the story of two hapless jazz musicians (Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon) who evade gangsters by joining an all-female band disguised as women. But it's the dizzy Sugar Kane we love it for, played by Marilyn Monroe at her most beautiful, charming and downright irresistible.

Fantastic Mr Fox (2009)
We screened this magical animation in 2011 right outside Three Mills Studios where it was made – in fancy dress. This Roald Dahl classic has been brought to life by quirky comic director Wes Anderson in old school stop-frame animation. George Clooney voices Mr Fox who struggles to leave his chicken-thieving days behind him.

It's A Wonderful Life (1946)
This feel-good classic was voted the best winter film of all time in a recent nationwide poll and yep, we nod our heads in agreement to that. Cosy up next to the fire and get lost in the tale of the guardian angel who shows the compassionate but suicidal bank manager (played beautifully by Jimmy Stewart) how life would have turned out if he'd never existed. Prepare your bottom lip for some big-time quivering.

Pride (2014)
This cinema highlight of 2014 is based on the true story of gay activists who unite with South Wales miners during their strike in the summer of 1984. It's got inspiration, humour and ‘80s nostalgia by the bucketload.

Pina (2011) Ever heard of Pina Bausch? If you have, watch this film. If you haven't, watch this film. Pina is a mesmerising documentary (directed by Wim Wenders – another reason to watch it) that explores the life and works of the late choreographer and will inspire you to leap off your sofa, cast off the duvet and express your newfound joy through the medium of modern dance. Or was that just us?

Last date edited: 6 January 2015

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