Monday, 29 April 2013

Capital Celluloid 2013 - Day 134: Tue May 14

The Last Projectionist (Lawes, 2011): Riverside Studios, 7pm

Time Out introduction:
This British documentary looks to be plugging into a major change in our cinema landscape: the end of traditional, 35mm projection in favour of digital projection, which is cheaper and requires less skill. The film hones in on Birmingham’s Electric Cinema, which, founded in 1909, claims to be the country’s oldest cinema – although that’s a claim that a number of venues regularly make. The film features interviews with both staff old and new and customers, again old and new, who recount their experiences of visiting the place over the years. It will be interesting to see whether the film trades purely on nostalgia or whether it offers important analysis of the changing face of cinema exhibition.

Here's an article on the background to the film from the Guardian.

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