Awards season is the busiest time of the year for independent cinema, writes Rod White, Head of Programming at Filmhouse in Edinburgh, in the first in his series of guest blogs for WOW247.
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Here at 88 Lothian Road, it’s unmistakeably the film industry’s awards season, judging by the number of people coming through our doors at the moment. Film distributors do tend to save their Oscar hopefuls until the end of the year, and given that these tend to be films at the quality end of the market I guess it’s unsurprising that January is, invariably, the busiest month of the year here at Filmhouse: given our penchant for screening films at that quality end of the market! (Don’t take my word for it though, come on down.)
Packing them in right now is Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave (with a mighty nine nominations, and my own prediction for a Best Film Oscar). It confirms McQueen’s directorial prowess with a film of momentous importance and expanded cinematic scope in which he tackles head-on the long-untouchable subject of slavery.
August: Osage County is proving to be another hit here, and it showcases the acting chops of its two main ladies, Meryl Streep (bagging her 18th Oscar nomination) and Julia Roberts, to great effect. (The ubiquitous Benny Cumberbatch puts in an appearance too, in what, one would have to say, is a particularly odd bit of casting…) Based on the award-winning play by Tracy Letts, it tells the dark, funny and touching story of the women of the Weston family, whose lives have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Midwest house in which they grew up.
Speaking of film distributors and the release dates of their films, there’s a whole ‘science’ behind it that might not be obvious from the outside. Before deciding on a date for their film, a distributor will assess its suitability for their release by asking a few questions, including but not limited to:
What else comes out on that date?
Are other films on that date looking for audiences from the same demographic?
Are other films on that date better than ours?
Will our film get buried under the media coverage of another title on that date?
Will we get the cast on Graham Norton?
Is it too far from the release in other territories?
A release date can be fluid until literally weeks before release, so in our position we have to keep a ready eye on it. Some of the major distributors, however, don’t really care about other companies’ films, and just choose the date they want and to heck with anyone else, but that’s an attitude reserved only for the major studios with the appropriate media clout.
Sometimes, though, release dates are set extremely far in advance. In fact, notification reaches us today that ‘Untitled Planet of the Apes Sequel’ (aka Planet of the Apes 3), is set for release on the July 28, 2016, whilst the second instalment, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, hasn’t even been released yet! That’s what you call forward planning.
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