Last summer’s secret screening: Back to the Future. Photograph: Al Overdrive

Secret Cinema is to make a shock comeback this weekend with a one-off charity screening in East London, San Francisco and Rome as a protest against “the attack on freedom of expression” represented by threats against screening political comedy The Interview.

The simultaneous screenings will take place at 6.30pm GMT on Sunday 21 December, with tickets priced £25 and all proceeds going to free speech charity Article 19.

The film and East London location are for now under wraps, though organisers have asked filmgoers to wear dark suits and bring a small gift for a stranger.

With three screenings already confirmed, Secret Cinema is looking for more global partners to join in with the simultaneous screenings. This, they hope, will strengthen the resolve of filmmakers and artists against the threat of censorship, and show solidarity with artists whose freedom of expression is routinely curtailed.

Secret Cinema’s previous charity screening of Dead Poet’s Society in August 2014 raised over £24,000 for mental health charity Mind.

Tickets can be purchased here

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