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Cinema in the on demand age. Part 2

December 11, 2015

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In the second set of reflections on the 2015 Europa Cinemas conference, Michael Gubbins looks at the place of cinema in a changing film market. The relationship between cinemas and home viewing has always been complex. The arrival of VHS (and Betamax) into a much more fragile exhibition sector in the 1980s was as contentious, and arguably more challenging, […]

Cinema: Is the price still right?

February 6, 2014

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A comforting cliche that has held true for decades is that film always performs well in a depressed economy. In hard times, the argument goes, cinema is the cheapest and best escape from the humdrum worries of life. The perception, however, appears to be under threat. Average cinema ticket prices have been rising in recent years, mainly […]

Europa Cinemas: Renewing audiences

November 25, 2013

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CINEMAS need to learn to work with young people, rather than for them, if they are serious about renewing their audiences.  That was the central theme of a series of sessions at this year’s Europa Cinemas conference in Athens, dedicated to the renewal of cinema audiences. The discussions, chaired by SampoMedia’s Michael Gubbins, and including […]

Ken Loach The Spirit of ’45 interview

March 4, 2013

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SampoMedia founder Michael Gubbins will be hosting a Q&A with director Ken Loach about his documentary The Spirit of ’45 at a screening in Cardiff this week. The film, which premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival, is a polemical piece looking back at the foundation of the welfare state and the optimistic socialism of post-War Britain […]