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THE DEATH OF CINEMA?

  • April 16, 2024
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THE DEATH OF CINEMA?

EyeOnLondon’s Cinema Club reviewer, Henry Scott-Irvine, noted the success of three 2024 movie winners—an animated feature, a Holocaust drama, and an investigative documentary. These films were previously highlighted by EyeOnLondon in 2023, prior to their success in 2024. Scott-Irvine’s foresights affirm that while questions may arise about the state of cinema, the health of the art form remains resoundingly alive and thriving, as evidenced by the continued success of these acclaimed films.

Since our review of “The Zone of Interest” following its premiere screenings at the Royal Festival Hall during the London Film Festival in autumn 2023, this Holocaust-themed film has garnered significant acclaim. It has received notable BAFTA Awards and earned Academy Awards at the prestigious 2024 Oscars ceremony. Additionally, the film’s director, Jonathan Glazer, who identifies as having Jewish heritage, has spoken out fervently against Israel’s military actions in Gaza. His impassioned remarks were delivered from a platform at the American Academy of Film, sparking discussion and debate. Glazer’s stance has garnered support, with 150 Jewish creatives signing an open letter in defense of his actions. This topic has been featured in an online article by The Independent, which includes a link to Glazer’s speech.

EyeOnLondon’s ‘The Zone of Interest’ review can be found here.

Following Scott Irvine’s review of “Robot Dreams” shortly after its premiere screenings at Curzon Mayfair during the London Film Festival in autumn 2023, this Spanish animation, distinguished by its absence of dialogue and reliance solely on music and sound effects, received a nomination for the 2024 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film. Due to its delayed UK theatrical release, the film missed the deadline for consideration at the 2024 BAFTA Awards. Nevertheless, “Robot Dreams” has enjoyed considerable success since its release, with screenings at prominent London venues such as Curzon, Picturehouse, and the BFI Southbank in April. Audiences are encouraged to seize the opportunity to experience this remarkable film, hailed by many as a masterpiece.

EyeOnLondon’s ‘Robot Dreams’ review can be found here.

As of April 10th, 2024, “The Trust Fall,” a documentary on Julian Assange, has entered nationwide distribution in Odeon cinemas across the UK, following its review on March 24th, 2024. For those interested in viewing the film in London’s West End, The Garden, an independent cinema located in Parker Street, Covent Garden, continues to screen the documentary. Additionally, on this same date, Julian Assange received a temporary reprieve in his extradition battle from Belmarsh Prison to the USA, where he has been held for five years. Recent reports from Australian TV News Networks suggest that President Joe Biden is considering dropping all charges against Assange, with further updates anticipated.

EyeOnLondon’s ‘The Trust Fall’ review can be found here.

About Author

Henry Scott Irvine

The published author of Procol Harum's hardback Omnibus Press biography, Henry Scott-Irvine's writing began in the script departments of the British film industry. He continued as a Film & TV 'Music & Arts' researcher. He has a long background in published journalism. A radio producer-presenter since 2009 as well as a producer of the award winning documentary film Tales From Tin Pan Alley. He's a successful campaigner for securing listings and preservation for London's music & film heritage sites.

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