BFI London Film Festival 2020

Is anyone else truly excited that this year the London Film Festival is going to more cinemas around the UK and also premieres happening online?

I certainly am, I have been lucky enough to get to a couple of films over the years while in London during October. But being based in the north east does make this very difficult given the hotel prices around the time of the festival also going up.

I really do hope that this new format will ensure more people can actually watch the films and I guess I have to also hope that cinemas in the north east will not be missed out (we often are for things like concerts etc up here).

Two weeks to wait as the line up is being announced online on Tuesday 8th September!

BFI London Film Festival 2020 – Mangrove Opening Film

It has been announced today that Steve McQueen’s Mangrove will open the 2020 BFI London Film Festival, the 64th to take place. It will play for free for audiences at BFI Southbank and at selected cinemas across the UK.

Mangrove starring Letitia Wright, Shaun Parkes and Malachi Kirby. This will be the films European premiere on Wednesday 7th October as part of the 12-day offering which is taking the festival out to cities around the UK and many films are going to be available for virtual premieres at home.

HAYS TRAVEL TAKES ANOTHER TRIP TO COOKSONVILLE AS IT CONTINUES TO SUPPORT THE CUSTOMS HOUSE PANTO

For they are jolly good fellows – oh yes they are!

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John and Irene Hays hit the headlines in October this year when their company, Hays Travel, took over the retail arm of the collapsed UK tour operator and airline Thomas Cook, saving 555 shops and over 2,300 jobs.

They’ve been hailed as superheroes in the travel industry – but The Customs House has always known how special the UK’s largest independent travel agent is.

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The Next Big Film launches UK’s first box office prediction game!

The Next Big Film launches UK’s first box office prediction game

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New start-up The Next Big Film is bringing the UK’s first box office prediction game to market.  The Leeds company has created an innovative app-based game that allows you to ‘own’ your favourite film releases to compete with fellow film lovers by predicting which movie you think will perform best at the box office.  The game is an opportunity to put your (virtual) money where your mouth is and will test your movie knowledge.

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Meerkat Movies: Annual Cinema Index

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Meerkat Movies has launched its annual cinema report,  revealing the habits of UK cinema goers from the past year, whilst highlighting key opinions from the cinema-going British public, with key findings including;

  • UK cinemas saw the highest attendance levels for almost 50 years in 2018, with a 3.7% year-on-year increase
  • Musical adaptations are more popular than ever, with David Bowie’s story topping the list of icons we’d next like to see at the cinema
  • 75% of consumers polled say they feel James Bond should remain as a male lead
  • When movie fans were asked what films they would most like to see a sequel to, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of GrindelwaldDeadpool 2 and Avengers: Infinity War came in as the top three
  • Breakdown of the most popular movie by month in 2018 (according to Meerkat Movies redemption data):

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Help Needed!

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Everyone ends up with family friends who become more like a family and second family. Mine live in Houston, Texas (originally from the UK). This is Steve who I have always referred to as Uncle Steve! Last week he had a quadruple heart bypass, now in the US things are very different in terms of employment and healthcare to the UK. Steve is self-employed and now won’t be able to work for a couple of months.

I would really appreciate if anyone could help out for this truly special man, who is the nicest you could ever meet!

If you can donate anything a Go Fund Me page has been set up by one of his daughters:  gf.me/u/nyvjw6

Goodbye FilmStruck!

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Sad news broke yesterday that streaming service FilmStruck would be closing at the end of November. On the 29th November 2018 to be exact, I am rather shocked about this news as a few days ago I received an email informing me of which films were going to be added to the UK version for November.

The service has always offered high quality and well-regarded films from the Criterion Collection and TCM. All of which are not easily available in the UK, it is such a huge blow for classic film screening. As much as I love the services offered by Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, FilmStruck offered something a little different. You don’t have to spend as much time searching for a film that will be outstanding on FilmStruck, Netflix and Amazon while finding a hidden gem, I have also watched some awful films on them.

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