DIVERSITY AND REPRESENTATION LEAD THE WAY IN HOME’S MOST SUCCESSFUL CINEMA WEEK YET
With the Academy Awards this Sunday, the independent cinema industry is alive and well at HOME as the nearly three-year-old multi-arts centre posted its best week of sales to date. 9500 (and counting) people have already seen the hotly tipped Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, which swept up at the BAFTAs last weekend.
However, it was Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird that became HOME and the Cornerhouse’s best opening film ever, surpassing La La Land, I, Daniel Blake, and Three Billboards. Controversially snubbed for Best Director at most major award ceremonies, HOME is delighted to have opened Gerwig’s solo directorial debut a week before any other cinema in the region as a result of its continued platform for female filmmakers.
Jason Wood, Artistic Director of Film at HOME says: “January and February have brought continued growth and success to the film programme at HOME, and last week saw the venue achieve its most successful cinema week since it opened three years ago. With 2017 gifting audiences La La Land, Moonlight, and Manchester By The Sea, 2018 was given a tough act to follow but has delivered and then some with The Shape of Water, Lady Bird, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and Phantom Thread. This is a year in which questions of representation and diversity are quite rightly at the forefront of conversations around culture and politics (which makes the splash Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird has made all the more pleasing), and so with this in mind it seems fitting that Call Me By Your Name returns to HOME screens whilst we also find space for the timely and brilliant Get Out. A Fantastic Woman also arrives, hopefully just in advance of a richly deserved Oscar win.”