The Bournemouth Daily Echo trail the 50th Anniversary screening of Cathy Come Home, to be hosted by housing association BCHA and the Homes for Cathy Coalition with support from Open Cinema, on 25 November 2016 at Bournemouth University. The film's lead actor Ray Brooks will be in conversation following the screening, along with BCHA Chairman Peter Hoyle, who committed his career to housing on watching the original 1968 BBC broadcast. OC's Christoph Warrack will be there to moderate the discussion.
This reaction was the catalyst for people up and down the country to come together and form housing associations in their communities, often in partnership with their local churches, to provide accommodation for homeless people...
The Visitor told the remarkable story of
Open Cinema Lancashire director David Mcloughlin, and his recovery from
drug dependency to found a network of community cinemas for dependency
clients and other excluded groups across Lancashire.
The Yorkshire post ran a feature on our
progress through the Dotforge accelerator, and interviewed our CEO
Christoph on the background of Open Cinema.
He came up with a
simple idea: take film to socially isolated people by starting a film
club in a local setting, giving members a cultural experience as well as
the usual food and drink...
The Guardian reported from social
enterprises including Open Cinema on the cultural challenges facing them
as they respond to demand from international markets.
which takes film to marginalized people and uses it as a platform to
promote connections, community spirit, discussion and learning in the UK
Scottish Television Edinburgh covered
the work of the OC Edinburgh team, the films they've made and the impact
of the project on members' lives, during the September mini-festival,
co-hosted with Scalarama.
The lights dim and the muffled rustle of popcorn and quiet chattering reveberates around the room...
On 27 March 2014, London's oldest continually-running newspaper were present at the church of St Bartholomew the Great in Smithfield to meet the screenwriter and BAFTA Fellow Richard Curtis, and his writing (and life) partner Emma Freud OBE. Curtis and Freud were here to help launch Open Cinema Broadway, a community cinema supporting homeless people in the City of London.
Curtis, who co-founded Comic Relief and once took a year out of filmmaking to concentrate on charity work, said he was glad to help, and to revisit the church where they spent four days filming the low-budget classic in 1993.
“It’s very interesting issue that people who are excluded become more
excluded and people who are deprived more and more deprived of the
Open Cinema's film about wealth inequality, commissioned by the High Pay Centre, made the front page of the Guardian website, generating as intended a stream of debate, and over 40,000 views in the first 24 hours.
THE IRISH TIMES attended the opening screening of Open Cinema Dublin at The Exchange in Temple Bar on 23 July 2012, with a piece appearing in the following day's paper. Click here to download a copy (3.9MB).
A DAY IN THE LIFE of Open Cinema is a feature in the June 2011 edition of the Creative Arts Investment Network magazine.
Not only does Open Cinema pull out all the stops to offer clients the
full cinema experience, with screenings chosen by participants, but they
also run film workshops allowing members to develop valuable creative
skills by making films which convey their own experiences.
The audience is a mixture of local people, young and older, and a few film students and some groups from local support organizations. Also there is Christoph Warrack, from an organization called Open Cinema that arranges film club screenings around Britain...
...People who are homeless or marginalized need the benefits of culture as much as they need food.
As it was, I needn't have worried. My fears perhaps revealed more about my own preconceptions than anything else. Without exception, the films I watched were fantastic.
The auditorium of the Odeon West End is filling up quickly to the low hubbub of excited chatter. "I haven't been to the movies since 1979!" smiles Wayne as he takes a bite from a fairy cake he was given at the door. "I'm hoping to ask Mike Leigh a question. It's not something that happens every day, is it?"
Ken Loach lived up to his maverick rep at a Feb. 6 screening for London’s homeless community at the Prince Charles cinema, Leicester Square. Loach was invited by London’s Open House Film Club (which screens movies for the needy) to introduce his ’60s classic on homelessness, “Cathy Come Home.”