Curzon Home Cinema launches on BT TV
Watch films on BT TV the same day as cinema release
Curzon Home Cinema launches on BT TV today (October 4) as part of an exclusive new deal to bring Curzon movie content to BT viewers. The video on demand service will offer the very best in Independent and World cinema and the opportunity to watch films on TV on the same day as the cinema release.
The first major film released simultaneously on Curzon Home Cinema and in cinemas to appear on BT TV will be the critically acclaimed The Selfish Giant on October 25. Directed by Clio Barnard, the film is a contemporary fable about two teenage boys who get caught up in the world of copper theft. It is competing in this year’s London Film Festival with its two young stars, Conner Chapman and Shaun Thomas, both nominated for “Best
As well as the opportunity to see films on the same day as cinema releases, the partnership with Curzon will offer BT TV viewers new releases on the same day as the DVD goes on sale, exclusive curated seasons and filmmaker retrospectives from Curzon Home Cinema.
Mel Alcock, COO of Curzon, said: “We are delighted to announce this new and exciting partnership with BT. It’s a wonderful way to bring Curzon’s respected content to a bigger audience and we look forward to watching our relationship with BT grow in the coming months.”
Alex Green, director of TV, BT Consumer, said: “Films are fantastically popular with BT TV customers – they watch around two million movies on demand every month. This exciting deal will give our customers the opportunity to see some of the very best films from Britain and around the world – many on the same day they go on release in the cinema.”
Films available to BT TV customers on Curzon Home Cinema will include:
• What Maisie Knew – a contemporary adaptation of the Henry James novel set in New York, starring Julianne Moore, Steve Coogan and Alexander Skarsgard, with a sensational central performance from six-year-old Onata Aprile as Maisie.
• Mister John – a critically acclaimed Singapore-set Irish psycho-thriller, starring Aidan Gillen of Game of Thrones and The Wire.
• The Pervert’s Guide To Ideology - philosopher and cultural critic Slavoj Zizek takes an in-depth look at cinema from a psychoanalytic perspective. The films to come under the microscope include Full Metal Jacket, A Clockwork Orange and Taxi Driver.
Films scheduled for release simultaneously on Curzon Home Cinema on BT TV and in cinemas in the coming months are:
• The Selfish Giant - an emotional tour-de-force of British cinema by award winning writer-director Clio Barnard, which left the critics stunned and exhilarated at the Cannes Film Festival – October 25.
• Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s - an upbeat and entertaining documentary about New York’s most iconic department store featuring Karl Lagerfeld, Giorgio Armani, Stefano Gabbana, Nicole Richie, Joan Rivers and Mary-Kate Olsen – December 6.
• Fill The Void – a gripping drama from first-time director, Rama Burshtein, telling the story of a young Hasidic Jewish woman pressured into an arranged levirate marriage with a widower - December 13.
The prices for films from Curzon Home Cinema on BT TV will be: Same day as cinema releases SD and HD: £10; New releases HD: £4, SD: £3.50 and Modern Greats HD: £3, SD: £2.50.
Curzon Home Cinema offers customers in the UK and Ireland the opportunity to watch the very best independent films streamed in high definition quality, chosen by the team behind Curzon Cinemas. Especially selected films are available to view on Curzon Home Cinema from the same day as their cinema release. Curzon Home Cinema is also available online at: www.CurzonHomeCinema.com
Recent films released on Curzon Home Cinema and simultaneously in the cinema have included classical music drama A Late Quartet, starring Christopher Walken, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Catherine Keener; Sundance film festival hit Breathe In, starring Guy Pearce and Felicity Jones; and contemporary literary adaptation What Maisie Knew, starring Julianne Moore, Steve Coogan and Alexander Skarsgard.
Notes to editors
Curzon is an integrated cinema and content distribution group. We pride ourselves on the quality of our cinemas, our ideas and our content.
Curzon Cinemas is the UK’s leading independent cinema group with nine venues across the country, combining luxury venues and an innovative home cinema offering with a passion for high-quality film programming. We offer the very best in film, events and alternative content for a discerning audience.
The virtual venue in our cinema group, Curzon Home Cinema, offers the opportunity to watch specially selected films from the same day as their physical cinema release. Curzon Cinemas also operates an expanding number of franchise cinemas in arts centres across the country, and works in partnership with Manchester Cornerhouse on their programming.
Curzon has three distribution labels: Curzon Film World Releasing, our long-established and much-loved film label Artificial Eye, and our genre label Chelsea Films. The Artificial Eye label has released more winners of the Cannes Palme d'Or than any other UK distributor, with titles including ‘The Class’ (2008), ‘The White Ribbon’ (2009), ‘Amour’ (2012) and ‘Blue Is The Warmest Colour’ (2013).
Curzon Film World, through its Curzon Film Rights 2 funding vehicle, recently co-produced its first film, ‘Le Weekend’, directed by Roger Michell and starring Jim Broadbent, Lindsay Duncan and Jeff Goldblum. ‘Le Weekend’ is released in October 11, 2013.
Fusion Media Sales is a wholly owned subsidiary of Curzon World, offering an independent home entertainment sales service to more than fifteen labels including Curzon Film World and Artificial Eye.