Loach's Cannes winner not for UK?
Ken Loach is claiming that UK cinemas are not taking up his movie The Wind that Shakes the Barley after winning at Cannes. Apparently it's only received thirty orders for prints compared to the massive five hundred in France.
The story from Digital Spy offers no real explanation.
...he said that some critics were "creeping out from under their stones, slagging off a film they've not even seen". He added that more than 300 orders for the film have been made in France and 50 in Ireland. "But in the UK, it's hardly going to be shown," he commented. "Our only hope is if everyone goes in the first week and the exhibitors see the demand."
Well why would people flock to see a movie they have seen or heard nothing of? This is another sign of a Studio messing up the marketing of a movie, idiots.
The good news is that I'm getting to see a screening next Thursday (boss permitting) and it gets a UK release (with those thirty prints) on the 23rd, as you can see on the Watch List down the right hand side of the front page.
Could this all be about the British - Ireland history, or is it really just about poor marketing?