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Secret Cinema to show Dead Poets Society in tribute to Robin Williams

Proceeds from the event will go towards mental health charity Mind

Secret Cinema has announced a screening of Dead Poets Society in tribute to Robin Williams, whose death earlier this week sent ripples around the world.

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The company will present a showing of the film at The Troxy in London this coming Friday 15 August, with simultaneous screenings taking place across the UK and beyond.

All proceeds from the events will go towards mental health charity Mind, after it was revealed that the Hollywood actor had been battling severe depression.

Secret Cinema are encouraging movie fans to join in “wherever you are” and celebrate the “extraordinary spirit” of a much-loved star by setting up their own screenings on Friday night.

A special email address, seizetheday@secretcinema.org, has been created for fans to let Secret Cinema know that they will be taking part. 

For those keen to attend The Troxy, doors will open at 7.30pm before the film starts at 8.30pm. The event's Facebook page promises "live music, lovely food, poetry, special guests and much more".

A short 'In Memoriam' film remembering Williams' work will be shown and audience members will be able to write their own condolences.

Tickets will be available here from 1pm this lunchtime, priced at £25 each.

A poster promoting the screening includes the famous Dead Poets Society quote: "Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary."

Paul Farmer, chief executive of Mind, said: "We are incredibly appreciative that Secret Cinema has decided to honour Robin Williams in this way.

"The funds raised from this event will help Mind to be there for the one in four people who have a mental health problem so they get the support they need and the respect they deserve."

Secret Cinema founder and director Fabien Riggall added that he sees "culture as a therapy and a tonic".

"Robin Williams inspired so much in so many of us, I believe cinema should give back to those leading lights who give so much," he said.

Last month, Secret Cinema came under fire for cancelling its immersive Back to the Future cinema experience for a week.

"We know we let our audience down and will do everything we can to make it up to them," a statement read.