To Celebrate The Outstanding Line-Up Of British Films, FDA Launches A Free Interactive Event For Children This Half-Term
To capitalise on a record breaking 9 months in UK cinemas, with box- office receipts running 6% ahead of 2016 (equivalent to an extra £60 million of ticket sales so far this year), and a spectacular line-up of British films still to be released by the end of 2017, Film Distributors' Association (FDA) is presenting a new, interactive film-based event for children, free to visit this half- term.
Taking place on 25 and 26 October at the Bateman Street gallery in Soho, central London, this is the second such event that FDA has devised for family audiences in 2017. FDA's summer exhibition drove thousands of youngsters to another gallery in London's West End in August, with a display of film images, make-up and stage fighting workshops, animation masterclasses and other attractions.
October's Halloween-themed event aims to engage even more young cinema fans, while highlighting the star-studded range of films on release for all UK audiences this autumn. The event will include:
• A Virtual Reality funhouse
• A digital graffiti wall
• A new exhibition of film posters and on-set photographs
• Creative activity tables
• A 'Halloween' film quiz, with other games available in a soft play area
• A trail of panels indicating who does what on a film set (demystifying job titles such as 'gaffer', 'best boy' and 'VFX technician').
FDA's unique model cinema, custom-built from 25,000 LEGO® bricks, will also be on display. A diorama of a cinema foyer and auditorium with a diverse audience, it took 150 man-hours to assemble.
A selection of exhibits can also be explored in an online gallery, including downloadable assets and competitions, at launchingfilms.com. The online display will invite visitors to reflect on the skills of graphic designers, typographers and photographers, who distil the essence of a film, its storyline, setting and characters into a single compelling image or montage on a poster.
FDA's President, Lord Puttnam of Queensgate CBE, said "With cinemas offering uniquely memorable, pulse-quickening, out-of-home experiences, I sincerely hope audiences of every age will come out to enjoy the autumn's eclectic and exciting line-up exactly as the filmmakers intended – on the big screen."
UK Cinema Update
The sustained success of this year's box-office has been driven by a variety of films which have performed well in a highly competitive environment for audiences' leisure time and disposable income.
The most popular releases of 2017 to date are:
|Top 10 films in UK cinemas January – September 2017||UK film distributor||UK cinema release date 2017||Total UK cinema box-office gross to date|
|1||Beauty and the Beast||Walt Disney||17 March||£72.4m|
|2||Dunkirk||Warner Bros.||21 July||£56.1m *|
|3||Despicable Me 3||Universal Pictures||30 June||£46.7m *|
|4||Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2||Walt Disney||28 April||£41.0m|
|5||La La Land||Lionsgate||13 January||£30.4m|
|6||Spider-Man: Homecoming||Sony||7 July||£30.3m *|
|7||Fast & Furious 8||Universal Pictures||14 April||£29.6m|
|8||Sing||Universal Pictures||27 January||£29.2m|
|9||The Boss Baby||20th Century Fox||7 April||£29.1m|
|10||IT||Warner Bros.||8 September||£27.5m *|
|* Films currently on UK cinema release / Box-office data courtesy of comScore|
The top film so far, Beauty and the Beast, is the highest grossing musical in UK cinema history. Made at Shepperton Studios, it stars Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Ewan McGregor, Sir Ian McKellen and Emma Thompson.
Three of the ten are animated comedies and adventures for family audiences, while another musical, La La Land, scooped 6 Oscars and 5 BAFTA film awards in February.
Christopher Nolan's immersive summer hit, Dunkirk, has taken around 14% of its worldwide box-office in the UK – which overall accounts for 5% of global box-office receipts. The UK has just 1% of the global population. Spider-Man: Homecoming, with British rising star Tom Holland in his first stand-alone adventure as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, is now the UK's sixth highest grossing Marvel film ever – and the highest- grossing superhero film of 2017 to date. Holland will reprise the role in Avengers: Infinity War in 2018.
The biggest cinemagoing week of 2017 so far has been 10–16 February, in the run-up to the half-term holiday, when the hit films, The LEGO Batman Movie, Fifty Shades Darker, Sing and T2 Trainspotting were all on release. The momentum is expected to be maintained into 2018 thanks to the highly attractive line-up of new releases in the coming months.
Many of the most eagerly anticipated films make extensive use of UK talents, skills, facilities and locations, including: Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Murder on the Orient Express, Paddington 2, The Death of Stalin, The Ritual, The Snowman, Breathe, Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool, Loving Vincent, Justice League, Darkest Hour, On Chesil Beach and Early Man.
Among the digitally remastered British classics returning to cinemas this autumn/winter are: Powell and Pressburger's A Matter of Life and Death (originally released in 1946) starring David Niven; David Lean's Lawrence of Arabia (1962) starring Peter O'Toole; and The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) starring Michael Caine as Scrooge.
FDA's latest one-minute taster trailer, showcasing the ambitious variety of UK-produced films in the autumn/winter line-up, is presented in association with the GREAT campaign, and concludes with a 'Film is GREAT' banner.
About the FDA
FDA is the trade body championing the generic interests of UK film distributors. FDA's 32 member companies account for 99% of UK cinemagoing. In 2016, FDA members invested more than £350 million to release 800 feature films to cinema audiences UK-wide. More information in the FDA Yearbook 2017, printed copies available free on request or to download from FDA's website.
Two-thirds of the way through 2017, UK cinema gross box-office receipts have reached £970 million, compared with £910 million at the same point in 2016. The full-year box-office of £1.3 billion achieved in 2016 is likely to be exceeded this year, with the £1 billion mark expected to be reached soon in new-record time.
FDA's half-term event will be at the Gallery, 15 Bateman Street, Soho, London W1D 3AQ, on Wednesday 25 and Thursday 26 October 2017. The exhibition will highlight the star-studded range of films from around the world on release for UK audiences. A selection of exhibits can also be explored in an online gallery, including downloadable assets and competitions, at launchingfilms.com. The online exhibition will invite visitors to reflect on the skills of graphic designers, typographers and photographers, who distil the essence of a film, its storyline, setting and characters into a single compelling image or montage.
FDA's new 60-second Autumn taster trailer comprises clips from the following 29 films from 16 UK distributors: Battle of the Sexes; Borg Vs McEnroe; Breathe; Daphne; Darkest Hour; The Death of Stalin; The Dinner; Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool; Goodbye Christopher Robin; Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami; Hellraiser: 30th Anniversary; Justice League; Kingsman: The Golden Circle; Lawrence of Arabia; Loving Vincent; Manolo; Menashe; The Mountain Between Us; The Muppet Christmas Carol; Murder on the Orient Express; Paddington 2; The Prince of Nothingwood; The Ritual; 78/52; The Shining; Star Wars: The Last Jedi; The Snowman; Thelma; and Victoria & Abdul.