Category Archives: New Releases

NEW YEAR, NEW FILMS

As 2016 is now well and truly underway, it seems only appropriate to announce a new batch of Booking Scheme film titles for you to consider.

The new selection highlights Cinema For All’s commitment to showcasing wide-ranging and diverse cinema and includes many award-winning and nominated titles such as The Revenant, The Martian, Bridge of Spies, Joy and Cartel Land.

Critically acclaimed ballet theatre documentary Bolshoi Babylon is available now on early window and in March members will have early access to homelessness drama Time Out of Mind and modern warfare ethics film Hyena Road.

As well as the aforementioned Cartel Land and Bolshoi Babylon, we have several more critically acclaimed documentary titles available to book, including Cinema For All Community Cinema Conference favourite My Nazi Legacy, Manakamana, Best of Enemies, Drew: the Man Behind the Poster and, from new Booking Scheme partners Scottish Documentary Institute, the deeply emotional and affecting I Am Breathing and Seven Songs for a Long Life.

We have a trio of documentaries coming your way from the end of January – 3 1⁄2 Minutes, Ten Bullets; The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution; Student Cinema Conference favourite Fresh Dressed – all looking at different aspects of black culture in the United States.

As well as the many new and recent titles, several classic titles find their way onto the Scheme in 2016, including Japanese legend Takeshi Kitano’s classic Dolls, Kikujiro and Hana-bi.

We are very pleased to welcome Eros International, the leading UK distributor of Bollywood film titles, to the Booking Scheme. Titles such as Bol, English Vinglish, Love Aaj Kal, Provoked, and Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-leela offer sights, sounds and voices not previously seen or heard on the Booking Scheme.

We are currently updating the Booking Scheme database to include all new titles, but in the meantime members can download the updated Booking Scheme catalogue PDF here.

The Booking Scheme is open to all Members and Associates with titles available for a flat rate £85. Any Affiliates or Non-Members wishing to take advantage of the titles available can upgrade their Cinema For All membership or join here.

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Birdman swoops in to join the MPLC Collection

Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman is the latest film to join our MPLC Collection, joining other recent additions; David Fincher’s much talked about Gone Girl and James Gandolfini’s final film, the noir crime drama The Drop.

Birdman stars Micheal Keaton in a role that draws amusing comparisons with his own career. Keaton is Riggan Thomson, a washed up actor who’s career has largely been in freefall ever since he hung up the cape and went serious: leaving his super hero alter ego, Birdman, languishing in the past while Riggan attempts to mount a production of an Raymond Carver play. In the run up to opening night, Riggan encounters problem after problem – from the injury of one his leading men to battles with the actor’s replacement (a fiery Edward Norton) his daughter (Emma Stone), ex-wife (Amy Ryan) and his manager (Zach Galifianakis). As Riggan starts to break down, Birdman tries to take over.

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A bravura piece of filmmaking, Birdman takes place within a single carefully staged take, ramping up the pace and drama. Keaton’s performance has drawn many plaudits, and Birdman has been nominated for 9 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress.

Birdman will be available to screen from the date of its DVD/Blu-ray release, currently TBC.

Also joining the MPLC Collection this month is Gone Girl, David Fincher’s adaptation of the best selling book by Gillian Glynn. Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike star as Nick and Amy Dunne – a couple who should be celebrating their five-year anniversary –  but on the eve of the anniversary Amy disappears. Nick informs the police and soon a large scale investigation is underway, with a media circus building around the case. Though Nick initially portrays his relationship with Amy as blissful, his claims are soon torn apart, leading to speculation that he may have played some part in the disappearance.
A dark and intelligent thriller Gone Girl ranks as one of Fincher’s finest films.

The final addition to the MPLC Collection this spring is The Drop, a slow burn crime drama adapted from a Dennis Lehane (Gone, Baby, Gone; Shutter Island) short story. Bob, a lonely, quiet man tends the bar owned by his cousin Marv (James Gandolfini) a semi-retired gangster who finds himself in debt to old associates. He agrees to let them use his bar for money drops, a situation that implicates Bob in the eyes of the police.

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The Drop is available to screen from 23 March.

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Love is Strange Early Window!

The acclaimed romantic drama Love is Strange, starring Alfred Molina, John Lithgow and Marisa Tomei, hits UK cinemas on the 13 February and we are excited to be able to make the film available to community cinema exhibitors as early as 1 March; thanks to new Booking Scheme Partners Altitude Film Distribution.

Ben (Lithgow) and George (Molina) have been together for nearly 40 years and have finally decided to tie the knot. But when George loses his job soon after the wedding Ben and George are forced to sell their flat and move in with their friends of family. George stays on the sofa of some friends downstairs while Ben finds himself in Brooklyn staying with his nephew’s family and sharing a bunk bed with their teenage son. While struggling with the pain of separation Ben and George are further challenged by the inter-generational tensions and difficult living arrangements.

Love is Strange has been warmly received by critics and was recently nominated for four awards at the Independent Spirit Awards including Best Feature, Best Lead Actor and Best Supporting Actor.

Cinema For All members can book the film for DVD or Blu-ray screenings from 1st March here.