Do The Wright Thing

Thursday, November 28 2013
Do The Wright Thing

Vote Labour. There you go, as a journalist whose father was a politician and whose family has long been involved in politics, I’ve always had a hankering to write those two words and see them written down, in black and white. But following shadow business minister Iain Wright’s speech and Q&A at the BVA AGM, […]

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Where Next For HMV?

Thursday, May 2 2013
Where Next For HMV?

One of the key elements of the HMV saga was the amount of column inches, in print and online, devoted to self-professed retail experts offering the retailer advice on what it should do next. And yet among the cacophony of voices shouting at the retailer and administrator Deloitte, few had any working knowledge of the […]

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Bullet To The Head?

Monday, April 22 2013
Bullet To The Head?

And so, after not just weeks, but months of speculation, Revolver Entertainment has finally succumbed to what many thought was inevitable and fallen into administration. Administrators including Cameron Gunn and Simon Harris from ReSolve Group were reportedly appointed at the company on Friday, April 19. Staff have been informed and ReSolve officials will now be […]

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Happy Birthday Revolver

Monday, May 21 2012
Happy Birthday Revolver

Revolver is blowing out the candles on a cake celebrating its 15th year in existence. In that time it has gone from being, originally, a special interest publisher looking more at fitness and sports titles, to a fully functioning UK-based film distributor, with a  catalogue boasting difficult, dangerous and unique films from these shores  and […]

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Full Streams Ahead

Wednesday, March 7 2012
Full Streams Ahead

So it’s now more than a month since Netflix launched in the UK and, at the same time, LOVEFiLM upped its game as the battle for the hearts and minds of consumers keen to stream films began in earnest. Consumers are now being charged to subscribe to Netflix UK – the company offered an initial […]

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The Best And Worst Of Times…

Monday, January 30 2012
The Best And Worst Of Times…

It’s taken  a while to pull this mammoth feature – one of the biggest we’ve ever had – together, but here it is, as the industry muses over the best and worst of 2011 and their hopes and fears for the year ahead. We asked assorted industry people, from retailers through to distributors and elsewhere, […]

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Human Behaviour – Comment

Tuesday, June 14 2011
Human Behaviour – Comment

The announcement last week by the BBFC that it was refusing  to grant a certificate to The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence) – to give it its full title – brought the issue of film classification sharply back into focus again. More so than some of its other recent decisions – say, Grotesque or, even more […]

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Let ‘Em Come…

Tuesday, March 1 2011
Let ‘Em Come…

With Momentum at last releasing the post-Falklands football hooligan tale Arrivederci Millwall, about a bunch of Lions fans who head off to see the World Cup in Spain in 1982 at the height of the conflict, we thought we’d see if the feature length made for TV film, originally aired some 20 years ago, had […]

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‘Crowd’ Sticks Up For Mob

Monday, June 28 2010
‘Crowd’ Sticks Up For Mob

The IT Crowd started its latest series on Friday night (and very good it was too, one of the best Britcoms out there), but it was interesting to see comments from creator Graham Linehan here. Not that he’s pro-piracy, he says, but he is a firm believer that the current system needs to be shelved […]

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Streaming In

Friday, June 11 2010
Streaming In

The Full Stream Ahead initiative (as featured on this week’s newsletter) appears to be creating plenty of interest in Blinkbox’s streaming and downloading offering, driving consumers to its site with the offer of free credit worth £20. It’s being done in conjunction with Fox, Paramount, Sony Pictures Television, Universal and Warner, as well as assorted […]

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A Video Connoisseur Writes…

Thursday, June 10 2010
A Video Connoisseur Writes…

Ian Gilchrist was instrumental in launching the BFI’s Connoisseur label, in the early days of the world cinema boom, and also ran Electric Pictures’ video arm and worked at the old RTM distribution operation. After a 10 year plus stint in his native Canada and the US, Gilchrist has returned to these shores. What, we […]

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