The Cinema and My Mental Health

Today is World Mental Health Day and I thought I would get involved with this blog post about my own mental health and how I find Cinema to be a fantastic way to keep it under control and a release from not only the world and life but from myself as well.

Considering Cineworld have just closed across the UK and Odeon are operating some cinemas on a weekend only, it seems even more appropriate to be talking about this. During the lockdown and period of time I was on furlough I also lost the best thing to keep me calm and at times sane. The cinema. While that might seem a little bit dramatic and over the top, it is the place where I truly switch off from everything and not look at my phone for a few hours. Something that is difficult when you are just at home.

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Listen to Batman – Wear a Mask

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As we are all more than aware a lot of kicking off has been going on within England and the UK about the changes to when and where you have to wear a mask. Yes, it is all being done four months too late. But seriously what big issue is it when they have changed the rules and from Friday we have to wear a face covering within shops? I don’t really understand what the issue is for doing this for the 15/20 minutes you will possibly be in said shop? Don’t even start by saying you cannot breathe with it on, as I am sure in the winter you will cover your face with a scarf/snood!

Come on listen to Batman and why Bruce Wayne decided to wear the mask!

Gen Zs & Millennials choose streamed movies over TV during lockdown

New research reveals Gen Z and Millennial media consumption during pandemic

Disney+ uptake surges while Netflix & Amazon Prime Video earn plaudits for high-quality original output

Swift return for cinema visits expected as lockdown eases, with Wonder Woman 1984 the most anticipated release

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RAINDANCE FILM FESTIVAL announces partnership with Shift72 and moves online for 28th edition

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RAINDANCE FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH SHIFT72 AND MOVES ONLINE FOR 28th EDITION providing a safe and vital platform for independent filmmakers to connect to UK audiences during the COVID-19 pandemic

28 October – 7 November 2020
www.raindance.org/festival

Against a backdrop of an industry affected by this global pandemic, Raindance will continue to support and inspire film fans and the broader film community, enabling them to thrive during these difficult times. Britain’s arts and culture organisations have long recognised the need to adapt to survive when faced with the likes of funding cuts or changes in the way audiences engage – and like its compatriots throughout the UK and beyond, it has been necessary for Raindance to dramatically adapt in 2020 to meet the extreme challenges presented by COVID-19.

Raindance views social distancing and self-isolation as a creative challenge to refresh and reinvent the festival experience. Raindance also recognises its role as a necessary platform for UK and international independent filmmakers to connect to UK audiences. With this in mind, the Raindance Film Festival will safely adapt to an online experience for its 28th edition (28 October – 7 November 2020), to run in parallel with a number of live activities, including industry sessions, panels and gigs at various central London venues. The result will be aninnovative hybrid of remote engagement and live activity.

The online content of Raindance will be powered by Shift72, who have delivered world-class online film festivals for the likes of Visions du Réel, SXSW, Cannes Marché Du Film and CPH:DOX.

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