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New Cinema Guide Dec 2018 - Jan 2019

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13 December 2018

Make the holiday season even happier with a cosy cinema trip - we've got something for everyone in our new Cinema Guide!

Download your Dec-Jan Cinema Guide here

Hotly anticipated titles include Mary Poppins Returns, The Favourite, Stan & Ollie and Mary Queen of Scots, featuring another brilliant turn from Saoirse Ronan. We've teamed up with V&A Dundee to bring you Ocean Liners: Speed and Style on screen, which includes a screening of the always romantic Titanic alongside several other seaworthy cinema treats. Fans of German cinema are in luck with this year's selection from Fokus: Films from Germany as well as a Margarethe von Trotta retrospective, and young audiences have plenty to choose from, including Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and Discovery's Winter Shorts.

The Guide is introduced by our Head of Cinema, Alice Black:

"As we enter a new year and the highly-anticipated awards season, 2019 looks like it could be a watershed moment in the history of cinema exhibition. So I hope you will forgive me for using this introduction to talk not about the films which are included in our programme, but those which are not.

Alfonso Cuarón’s beautiful and sensitive Roma is already hot-tipped as the front-runner for this year’s Best Film Oscar. It could also be the first film to win the coveted prize which will not have been screened widely in cinemas but instead watched by most audiences at home on the sofa.

Many of you asked why David Mackenzie’s Scottish epic Outlaw King, Orson Welles’ The Other Side of the Wind and the Coen Brothers’ latest The Ballad of Buster Scruggs did not appear on our screens. We would have loved to show these films, but they simply are not available to us, having been made by and for Netflix. Our colleagues at Filmhouse in Edinburgh and GFT in Glasgow have been able to secure them but for now, Netflix is dealing exclusively with a small number of cinemas outside London, and Dundee is not included in that list. Believe me, it is as frustrating for us as it might be for you! We applaud Netflix’s support for these filmmakers and will continue the conversation to try to bring them to our cinema.

Why bother you might wonder? Well, we believe that for some films, be they big spectacles or quiet introspective dramas, the cinema experience is still the best. This is a shared encounter, in a dark and comfortable room, with a big screen, surrounded by great sound, where you can give your full attention to the filmmaker’s creation. In this hurried world where there are so many demands on our time, a place where you can press pause on everyday life is becoming even more important.

So, on that note, we wish you lots of happy film going in the year ahead and thank you for supporting your local independent cinema."

We look forward to seeing you at the cinema soon. Don't forget to tell us which films you're enjoying using the hashtag #helloDCA - you could win free cinema tickets!

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