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Wednesday, 9 February 2011

The end of Hollywood

Recently I wrote about Radio Four/BBC World Service's look at Hollywood and the film industry. The first part examined how Hollywood managed to dominate the world movie industry, while the second episode asked if that domination is soon to end. Find the article HERE

"Adults are just not going to the cinema anymore. Most films these days are for children or at least childish." Director, Peter Weir.

Director Ken Loach recently called for UK cinemas to be put into public ownership in order to allow smaller films to be distributed.

"We don't have a home market as the American's do, and we are culturally colonised." Ken Loach.

Industry analysts seem to think we are very close to a film on demand cinema culture, which would open up the way for smaller independent films to be shown nationwide. The big Hollywood blockbusters are all very well but on times we want a movie that makes us think, that places a mirror to our society and reflects the issues of the day.

The show contained some interesting information on the Moviola service. What is moviola? -
Does the West Country really have the largest cinema in Europe?
Well, though our 78 screens regrettably don't yet operate every day, we are one of the largest rural film schemes in Europe
Moviola's rural cinema service is made up of four elements:
1.   A complete cinema service for village halls and other rural venues across Dorset, Devon, Hampshire, Somerset and Wiltshire.  For more information click on Venues or any of the county buttons on the main menu.
2.    A programming and film booking service for individual rural venues and touring schemes across the UK.  For more information click on UK Associates on the main menu.
3.   Advice and guidance (consultancy) for anyone who wishes to establish their own rural cinema.  For more information click on Add my Village on the main menu.
4.   Projection services for Festivals, Churches and anyone wanting to run a special event.  For more information click HERE


1 comment:

Cormac Brown said...

Movies for adults on the decline over here as well, though I don't blame that on Hollywood itself, but the corporations that own Hollywood. As an example, I mean what Disney hath wrought on the Weinsteins, who always tried to make movies for people that were older than twenty-one.

The UK is still the best in the world in terms of uniqueness, and America will never be able to create a Ricky Gervais, a Simon Pegg or a Neil Jordan.