Whose Round Is It Anyway?
Whose Round is it Anyway? is a collection of short films celebrating that classic British institution: the public house. The audience at our screening at the Wellington on Saturday was taken on a cinematic pub crawl, whetting their whistles at the Windsor Castle, The Players Arms and even the West End's Playboy Club, among many, many others. But the star of the show was undoubtedly Birmingham's very own, The Wellington, the packed-out setting for the afternoon's alcohol-fuelled adventure.
The fun began in The Old Pheasant before journeying through a selection of fine Brummie Boozers, then south to dive in to some of London's liveliest watering holes - complete with sleazy 70s entertainment - in Under The Table You Must Go. Henry's Clean Up educated the Flatpack barflies on how to serve the perfect pint of Guinness, through learning from the hilarious mistakes of inept landlord Henry (Michael Palin). And it all came to an end - as all good pub crawls do - with a hearty sing song in Here's a Health to the Barley Mow.
After the call for last orders, the audience stumbled off on their way, leaving a room littered with empty pint glasses - a fitting tribute to the long-gone drinking establishments and landlords past who had hosted them so spectacularly.
Whose Round Is It Anyway? will be screened at the Spotted Dog on Sunday 30 March.