A new wave: Young women programmers getting their start through Scalarama
Posted on September 12, 2019
In a male-dominated industry, entry points for young women into film programming are key. We spoke to Megan Mitchell, independent programmer and producer of Matchbox Cineclub about new women programmers currently coming up across the UK and how annual national exhibition umbrella Scalarama has given them a way into the sector.
Six questions to ask when creating a diverse and inclusive film programme
Posted on August 22, 2019
Film exhibition and events company We Are Parable was formed in 2013 by Anthony and Teanne Andrews. Dedicated to creating experiential events with film screenings bringing audiences stories from the African diaspora, they have enjoyed notable successes including the first public preview of Black Panther, the year-long Spike is 60 Film Festival, and many more. We spoke to Anthony about the key questions to ask when planning a truly diverse and inclusive film programme.
Starting a Cinema from Scratch: the Story of Catford Mews
Posted on August 15, 2019
Opening this September, Catford Mews is set to be the only multi-screen cinema in the South London borough of Lewisham and is one of the ICO's newest programming clients. We spoke to their Programme and Marketing Manager Isra Al Kassi about what to expect and how they've worked closely with their local community to make the cinema a dream come true for all.
Was Our Attempt to Attract Younger Audiences an #EpicFail?
Posted on August 8, 2019
We all want to know: how can we attract younger audiences to our cinemas when competition for their time is so fierce? Bertha Dochouse, the UK's first cinema dedicated entirely to documentary films, took on a mission to change their audience profile and bring in younger people. Their Marketing Manager Thomas Humphrey shared with us what they learnt from their endeavour.
New Towns as part of Britain's heritage
Posted on June 20, 2019
From October 2018, our innovative film project New Towns, Our Town – Stories on Screen has helped to increase the visibility of, and pride in, the story of the New Town movement. With our feature-length film compilation New Towns, Our Town currently available for bookings across the UK, we asked Georgia Wrighton, Senior Lecturer and Course Leader for MSc Town Planning at University of Brighton, to reflect on why these valuable towns should be a recognised part of Britain's heritage.
How to build and run a sustainable cinema
Posted on June 13, 2019
In a few weeks' time we'll be organising our Summer Screening Days in Lewes' Depot, one of the greenest cinemas in Europe. Their Green Ambassador Natasha Padbury shared with us examples of the impressive work they've done so far and their top ten tips for running a more sustainable cinema.