They, along with many other actors and directors, are calling for your help to make sure cinemas can survive the pandemic and reopen once restrictions are lifted. The Keep the Magic Alive initiative hopes to persuade the government to provide support for larger cinema operators to help weather the storm of lockdowns.
What can I do?
It only takes 30 seconds to help by contacting your MP. Just head to this site, pop in your postcode to find your local MP and send a message (they’ve provided one for you so the whole process will only take a few clicks.)
What your favourite filmmakers have said:
If anything, this long lockdown at home watching movies on my sofa with all my home comforts nearby has ironically underlined what my favourite thing about cinema is - actually going to it. When I’m part of a crowd that is moved, thrilled or even helpless with laughter at what’s playing on that big screen, there’s nothing better. I miss it and I’m not alone. There is a whole nation of film-goers out there that miss the communal experience. It would be crime to not have these places of cinematic worship open on the other side of this. We need our biggest screens, because we want those stories to be 2 storeys high.
- Edgar Wright
The cinema: for me there’s never been anything like sitting in a darkening auditorium and sharing the electric anticipation that’s all around me.
Ice cream in hand as the light lowered, the curtain swished open to take me into a new world, to offer me a whole new experience.
Let’s not lose the excitement of all that, and the possibility of sharing our work with live audiences.
- Ridley Scott
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Who is supporting?Here’s the full list of actors and directors who have signed an open letter to Rishi Sunak asking for more funding to help save the UK cinema industry:
Andrea Arnold OBE
Amma Asante MBE
Tim Bevan CBE
Barbara Broccoli OBE
Richard Curtis CBE
Stephen Daldry CBE
Eric Fellner CBE
Armando Iannucci OBE
Duncan Kenworthy OBE
Steve McQueen CBE
Sam Mendes CBE
Peter Morgan CBE
David Puttnam CBE
Michael G. Wilson OBE