ARE YOUNGER AUDIENCES STILL GOING TO THE CINEMA?
November 2017 | Stephen Follows
Last Wednesday, I gave a talk to 90 teenagers as a part of the Into Film festival. This annual festival is a free, UK-wide “celebration of film & education for 5-19-year-olds” which holds screenings, workshops and lectures in cinema screens. I will cover Into Film in more detail in a future post so today I wanted to look at a topic that came up in my conversations with the teenagers and festival organisers.
I was dismayed to learn that some of the teenagers at Into Film events had never been inside a cinema before. This isn’t statistically unlikely, it just differs so much from my memories of being a teenager that I wasn’t expecting it. I spent as much time in cinemas as possible, with the highlight of the year being National Cinema Day when all movies were £1 and I would watch five movies in a day. The idea that teenagers only know about filmed content from watching it on television or, worse still, their phones, was disappointing.
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