Crowdsourced cinema platform ourscreen expand offering with a new, online cinema experience, with launch this month supporting independent cinemas in partnership with STUDIOCANAL
Virtual Cinema by ourscreen, inspired by the shared, social side of cinema, will launch on Monday 28th September with “High-Rise” Live, a special screening of Ben Wheatley’s 2015 film, with an introduction from the director himself.
Developers of cinema’s only crowdsourced screening platform, ourscreen has expanded with the launch of Virtual Cinema, allowing film fans to share in the experience of watching a film together at home, in real time. Unlike traditional streaming platforms, screenings take place at a given date and time, with tickets purchased in advance or on the day of the screening.
ourscreen has operated exclusively in UK cinemas since 2014, giving fans the opportunity to create and attend crowdsourced screenings in over 150 venues. Given cinema’s current social distancing regulations, ourscreen’s usual high-occupancy, fan-led screenings are not possible, but the all-new Virtual Cinema will allow fans to once again gather in large numbers around film and enjoy the social ourscreen experience.
Virtual Cinema screenings will feature exclusive content and special guests – often those involved in the making of the film, from actors to directors to musicians. The first event film will be HIGH-RISE, starring Tom Hiddleston, Sienna Miller, Elisabeth Moss and Jeremy Irons, and introduced by director Ben Wheatley from his own home. The screening will also feature an exclusive first-look at the highly-anticipated horror film SAINT MAUD, due for release October 9th.
David Kapur, founder & co-CEO of ourscreen said, “We’ve built something here that is more like a venue than an online player or store. Our passion is bringing people together around film and if you can’t currently make it to a packed cinema every week, Virtual Cinema is the next best thing. We will be curating a programme of special live events at an accessible price for all.”
For the opening night tickets are £3.99, and 10% of all ticket sales will go to supporting independent cinemas across the UK via BFI FAN, as venues begin to open their doors again. Tickets are on sale now at virtual.ourscreen.com.
Monday 28 September
8pm – “High-Rise” (Live) with director Ben Wheatley
Launched in 2014, ourscreen is the UK’s foremost digital marketplace for cinema, revolutionising our relationship with the cinema. ourscreen allows film fans to buy cinema tickets online or crowdsource their own screenings at more than 150 cinemas across the UK. If enough people book tickets the screening goes ahead.
ourscreen offers access to over 600 films, from cult classics The Big Lebowski and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, to recent releases such as Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs. The platform has helped launch a number of films in cinemas, including the Arsenal documentary 89, James Lavelle documentary The Man from Mo’Wax and brought Spice World back to cinemas for it’s 20th anniversary.
STUDIOCANAL, a 100% affiliate of CANAL+ Group held by Vivendi, is Europe’s leader in production, distribution and international sales of feature films and TV series, operating directly in all three major European markets – France, the United Kingdom and Germany – as well as in Australia and New Zealand.
STUDIOCANAL owns one of the most important film libraries in the world, boasting more than 6,000 titles from 60 countries. Spanning 100 years of film history, this vast and unique catalogue includes among others the iconic “Terminator 2”, “Rambo”, “Breathless”, “Mulholland Drive”, “The Pianist” and “Belle de jour”.
STUDIOCANAL has fully financed box office hits “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”, “Paddington” 1 and 2, “Non Stop” and the “Shaun The Sheep” Movies 1 and 2. Currently in release worldwide and backed by STUDIOCANAL are Marjane Satrapi’s “Radioactive” starring Rosamund Pike as Marie Curie and Marc Munden’s “The Secret Garden” produced with Heyday Films (“Paddington” 1 & 2) starring Colin Firth and Julie Walters.
STUDIOCANAL is actively developing and distributing high-end TV series through its network of award-winning European production companies, including TANDEM in Germany (“Shadowplay”), the UK’s RED Production Company (“Years and Years”), Spain’s BAMBÚ PRODUCCIONES (“On Death Row”) and France’s STUDIOCANAL ORIGINAL (“Mouche”). STUDIOCANAL is also an associate of Danish-based SAM Productions founded by Søren Sveistrup and Adam Price (“Ride upon the Storm”) as well as of UK-based GUILTY PARTY PICTURES; Benedict Cumberbatch’s production company SUNNYMARCH TV (“Patrick Melrose”) and URBAN MYTH FILMS (“War of the Worlds”).