The news that the two multiplex heavyweights that the cinema industry had pinned its hopes on have delayed their launch dates has resulted in the temporary closure of all Cineworld cinemas and a move to weekend-only opening hours for a quarter of the 120 cinemas of the Odeon chain. Furthermore, Edinburgh’s iconic Cameo Cinema has closed its doors. The two films – the Bond spinoff “No Time To Die” and “Dune,” the adaptation of Frank Herbert’s cult science fiction novel by Denis Villeneuve – were put back six months and one year, respectively.
Independent Scottish cinemas, usually less reliant on major launches, are pressing on no matter what. They feed on more diverse (if in some ways richer) fare than their larger counterparts, bringing together exhibition programs that can include both re-releases and smaller arthouse releases (e.g., La Haine and the forthcoming 4K revival of the anime classic Akira). The fact that a majority of the upcoming releases are driven by women is as encouraging as the (relative) health of the sector.
Sofia Coppola’s On The Rocks, which reunites her with Bill Murray, her Lost In Translation star, is now screening at both Glasgow Film Theatre (GFT) and Edinburgh Filmhouse alongside Rose Glass ‘Saint Maud. Yesterday, Saint Maud was released, as was Kajillionaire, the new movie by arthouse favorite Miranda July. A trio of films by British women will be published next Friday: Body Of Water by Lucy Brydon, Carmilla by Emily Harris (an adaptation of Sheridan le Fanu’s 1871 vampire novel) and Herself, from Mamma Mia! And the director of Iron Lady, Phyllida Rule. Some good news, then, in a dreary fall elsewhere.