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Master and Commander

Master and Commander: On Board Brunel’s SS Great Britain

Wednesday 9th September 2020 | Doors: 17:45 | Film Start: 18:20 | Approximate End: 21:30

All aboard, sea dogs and land-lubbers alike – Captain Jack Aubrey requires your services for an evening hunting a French privateer from the Atlantic to the Pacific…

Join us at the SS Great Britain for an evening of maritime movie merriment as we screen the Oscar-winning swashbuckler Master And Commander. The event entails:

  • live music and sparkling wine reception in the Dry Dock

  • boarding Brunel’s iconic ship to watch the film in its First Class Saloon

  • an interval with drinks, canapés and more live music on the Promenade Deck

  • the opportunity to explore the ship’s corridors after hours

 Black tie or Naval attire is strongly encouraged!

Master and Commander

2003 | 12A | 142 mins

In the height of the Napoleonic Wars, veteran sailor Jack Aubrey captains HMS Surprise in its mission to destroy the French vessel Acheron off the coast of South America. After being ambushed by the ship, which appears superior to his own, Aubrey is drawn into a dangerous game of cat and mouse.

STARRING: Russell Crowe | Paul Bettany | James D’Arcy | Chris Larkin

DIRECTOR: Peter Weir

PRODUCER: Samuel Goldwyn Jr. | Duncan Henderson | Peter Weir

WRITTEN BY: Peter Weir | John Collee, based on the novels by Patrick O’Brian

THEY SAY: “Oak solid and unsinkable, Master And Commander is old-fashioned entertainment crafted with considerable care” – Empire, 2003

WE SAY: While the SS Great Britain’s interior trimmings may be little more luxurious than the conditions facing Aubrey’s crew, the ship’s maiden voyage was just 40 years after the events of this film! A rollicking, salt-stained adventure on a grand scale with Crowe and Bettany brilliantly complementing each other, this Oscar-winning spectacle is not to be missed.


Enjoy a sparkling wine reception in the ship’s Dry Dock, themed canapés on the Promenade Deck, and a film screening in the ship’s First Class Saloon. See images below for an idea of what to expect:




  • Red Carpet Club tickets are for members of the Red Carpet Club only – when booking, please use the member’s name as the lead booking name. Non-members in possession of a Red Carpet ticket will be liable to pay the difference in price.
  • Doors will open for this event at 17:45. We cannot guarantee access to the screening room before this, so recommend arriving no earlier than 5-10 minutes before doors are due to open. The screening will commence at 18:20 and conclude at 21:30.
  • Guests will receive a glass of sparkling wine on arrival, with drinks and canapés available at the interval.
  • Licensing restrictions do not allow for external food and drink to be brought into the venue for this event – drinks and food are provided in the admission price.
  • As food is provided at this event we ask that any guests with allergies, intolerances or dietary requirements please  CONTACT US  prior to the event.
  • The film will be screened in English, without subtitles.
  • We ask that any guests with accessibility requirements or concerns contact us before the screening so that we can ensure you have the best experience possible.
  • The BBFC have assigned this film a 12 rating. Read more about what this means.
  • For more information, please refer to our FAQ section or CONTACT US.







What is a screening On Board Brunel’s SS Great Britain like?

Find out what you can expect in the trailer below:



Booking for a group of eight or more? Take a look at our options for group bookings here.