Danny Boyle and Steve McQueen

Boyle and McQueen call on government to support UK cinema chains

Danny Boyle, Steve McQueen and other leading British film-makers have called on the government to offer financial support to the UK’s big cinema chains. “These companies represent over 80 per cent of the market,” they write in a letter to chancellor Rishi Sunak published in the Sunday Times. “Without them the future of the entire UK film industry would look extremely precarious.” Sam Mendes and Christopher Nolan are among the other signatories. Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson, Love, Actually director Richard Curtis, Bend It Like Beckham director…

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Cinema popcorn. Image by Devon Breen from Pixabay

Why the future of cinemas may be brighter than it looks

The first rule of investing is “buy low, sell high.” Right now, few businesses are hitting lower lows than the movie theater industry, which could make it a great time to acquire a distressed asset ahead of a turnaround. That’s been true for the duration of the pandemic, and it’s still true now even as light can be dimly glimpsed at the end of the tunnel. The question is, is there an upside given the uncertain state of the entire film industry, and if so, for what kind of buyer? These…

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Charles Roven by Dick Thomas via Wikimedia Commons

Superhero film franchises are nervous of world without big-screen debuts

‘Wonder Woman 1984’ producer Charles Roven says theatrical model is the lifeblood of franchise films This Christmas weekend, millions of movie lovers tuned in to watch Wonder Woman fly across their televisions instead of on towering movie screens. While convenient for some and for others the only way to see the movie, the creators of the production describe streaming as a regrettable medium for superhero films. Star Gal Gadot, who plays the main character in “Wonder Woman 1984,” said in an interview the streaming experience for viewers is unlikely to…

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