“People are looking for adventure. They want to take a step away from everything they already know, and I think that the hotel is another step,” the 37-year-old told AFP.
“We had actors sleeping next to the audience — you might wake up and there’d be a prisoner singing a 50-year-old song next to you. The whole building is a stage.”
Tickets have already sold out for London’s 20th Secret Cinema event next April, which for the first time will run simultaneously with shows at secret locations in Athens and New York.
Jos, a young Dutchman living in London, said film fans in other cities would welcome the project with open arms.
“You get sucked in,” he said, as prisoners loitered in a basketball court behind him. “At the start it’s funny and then 10 minutes later you’re really into it.”
“It really makes you think about what it would be like to be in prison — and it’s probably not for me,” he laughed.