Cinema Curator at Watershed and Chair of the Film Hub South West, Mark Cosgrove feeds back on the highs and lows of Watershed’s screenings this week…
“Whilst I think we all recognise that The Rider is a fantastic independent American film, for me it was always going to be a small film box-office wise. I opened it in our smaller screen and if asked that immortal question: “What would success look like?” in relation to The Rider, my reply would be that it moves into a bigger screen. So it was very pleasing that over the weekend we did indeed swap it into Cinema 3 – our medium sized screen. On the basis of its performance over its opening weekend I have held it over for a 2nd week, which was a calculation that – if we took it off, it would simply disappear from Bristol screens rather than on box-office (it was 4th in our films grosses at the weekend). It seems to me that making available a film like The Rider for longer is a way to maximise audience interest as well as hopefully grow the audience and box-office for these smaller films.
Unfortunately I wish I could have done the same for Palestinian film Wajib which had fantastic reviews at the weekend but it feels like it – as with American Animals – has fallen through the cracks and not fully registered with audiences. Plus with the volume of forthcoming releases (Climax, Faces Places and MIA) a continuing demand for BlacKkKlansman, Cold War and Miseducation of Cameron Post, screen space is very much at a premium.”
Our next online members meet up comes in just before cinemas re-open on Monday 17th May. This weeks session will be a catch-up on recent celebrations, concerns, and challenges, as well as a chance to find out more about Film Hub South West funding that is currently available.
We are thrilled to announce that BFI NETWORK Film Funding has reopened for applications for filmmakers based in the South West of England! BFI NETWORK supports, develops, and champions new filmmakers looking to kick-start their career.