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Summer 2012 – some ideas

Firstly, a huge thank you to everyone who has helped to make our 2011/12 seasons a success. As we start planning for our last film of the season (The Skin I Live In on 20 May), we also need to start thinking about what we’re going to be doing over the summer.

Last summer, I organized a series of screenings which was attended by only the valiant few. Worcester Arts Workshop lost money all summer on these screenings and we cannot let that happen again.

So I’m looking to all of you for ideas. Essentially I see us having three options:

  1. We continue as we have, by scheduling new World Cinema releases, but maybe just once a month.
  2. Several people have asked about more ‘cult cinema’ nights, and maybe we should schedule some older and more cult-y movies (again, about once a month)
  3. We go on holiday and programme an amazing autumn schedule

If we’re going to schedule anything for the summer, we need to act (somewhat) fast. Please leave your comments on this post, email me at splendidcinema@live.co.uk or on our Facebook page.

Thanks again,



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Splendid Cinema under threat from public apathy


From the Worcester Standard, 1 March, 2012

by Tim Clarke

THE ORGANISER of Worcester’s only independent cinema has warned movie-lovers it could be forced to close unless dwindling audiences begin to pick-up.

Mikel Koven said the Splendid Cinema had witnessed a steady drop in the number of people attending its monthly screenings in the Worcester Arts Workshop (WAW).

At its peak the cinema was seeing audiences of about 35 people but support has started to fall away and last month’s screening of the film Outrage, by cult Japanese director Takeshi Kitano, attracted only ten people.

The film society only needs an audience of about 20 people to cover the cost of showing each movie and Mr Koven believes there is still an appetite for critically acclaimed independent films from world cinema.

But Mr Koven, who is course leader of Film Studies at the University of Worcester, said he feared the WAW would eventually pull the plug on the cinema if it continued to lose money.

“I think the biggest obstacle we are facing is apathy and that’s the one thing we can’t fight,” he said.

“This is really about people standing up for independent cinema in Worcester but it’s remarkable what a cultural desert we can be. I think there is a small appetite for it but that is good enough for us at the WAW. We are not trying to sell out the Swan Theatre or anything like that. But if we lost the Splendid Cinema it would mean people having to go to Birmingham or just making do with the mainstream films being shown at the Odeon or Vue.”

The cinema’s current season continues with the acclaimed French farce Potiche (15) on Sunday, March 11 at 7.30pm, starring Catherine Deneuve and Gerard Depardieu, ahead of the screening of Paddy Considine‘s feature film Tyrannosaur (18) on March 25.

Tickets cost £5 for each film and for more information on The Splendid Cinema visit the group on Facebook or email splendidcinema@live.co.uk

Read more: Closing credits could roll unless you support us, warns cinema | Worcester Standard

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Films in March

In March, Splendid Cinema has two great film offerings for you!

Remember those Orange ads last year where the Orange team re-subtitled a some French farce with Depardieu & Deneuve? Well, on 11 March, Splendid Cinema is pleased as punch to be screening that film, Potiche, directed by the great François Ozon!

11 March, 2012: Potiche (François Ozon, 2010, France) 15 cert.
Marvellous French farce starring the radiant Catherine Deneuve as the ‘trophy wife’ who takes over the umbrella factory her family started when her husband is taken ill. Putting down a strike at the factory with common sense and decency, Deneuve starts to rekindle her old flame with the Assistant Mayor, played to comic perfection by Gérard Depardieu. In French with English subtitles.

Here’s the trailer…

We follow Ozon’s delightfully frothy Marxist farce with the remarkable directorial début of actor/writer (and Stoke’s own!) Paddy Considine in the gritty, powerful and utterly brilliant, Tyrannosaur.

25 March, 2012: Tyrannosaur (Paddy Considine, 2011, UK) 18 cert.
Staffordshire-born Paddy Considine’s feature film debut is a powerful and violent tale of revenge and redemption that many are hailing as the best British film of 2011. Much like the films of Shane Meadows, whom Considine worked with on Dead Man’s Shoes, Tyrannosaur is part of the New Midlands Brutality film movement. This is a film not to be missed.

And here is the trailer …

… and coming up:

Rutger Hauer paints up a storm playing Pieter Breugel the Elder in The Mill & the Cross, and then we go all Nordic Noir with the Swedish blockbuster, Snabba Cash. Details to follow!

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