Sydney Opera House at sunset. Photo by Liam Pozz on Unsplash

Coronavirus Australia: operators lobby for government support, warning ‘there will be no more cinemas’

When movie studio Warner Bros last month announced it would be releasing all of its major 2021 movies in the US direct to its streaming service HBO Max on the same day as in theatres, cinema operators around the world shuddered. For an industry already ravaged by the theatre closures and social distancing necessitated by the ongoing pandemic, as well as limited content due to Hollywood’s COVID-delayed release slate, the studio’s spurning of the industry’s traditional theatrical release window was another alarming development. Roy Mustaca, owner of independent cinema chain…

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Wicked Cinema, Rhyl. Picture by Rhiannon Wyn Hughes

Rhyl: community cinema group to expand in 2020

BIG plans are underway for the Little Theatre’s community cinema in 2020. Following a successful 2019, the Wicked Cinema group is set to expand again in its third year. This year, the Wicked group grew from two cinemas to five to include the Wicked Family and Cult cinemas, as well as a Sing-a-Long cinema for people with dementia and the Stand Against Violence Initiative – working alongside West Rhyl Young People’s Project, Brighter Futures Rhyl and North Wales Police – and Hashtag cinema. Rhiannon Wyn Hughes, who helps run the…

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ECM2019 Africa infographic excerpt

“Africa – the new frontier for cinema” to be key focus at ECM2019

ISTANBUL, 16th OCTOBER 2019: DCS Events, organisers of the Emerging Cinema Markets Conference at the Grand Tarabya Hotel in Istanbul (19th – 21st November) have announced further details of the dedicated Africa sessions and speakers at the conference. Africa is the world’s second largest and second most-populous continent. It covers 6% of Earth’s total surface area and 20% of its land area. With 1.3 billion people and a median age of 19.7 years as of 9th October 2019 (and set to double by 2050), it accounts for 16.72% of the…

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