Magazine article Screen International

Secret Cinema Screens Great Dictator in Sony Protest

Magazine article Screen International

Secret Cinema Screens Great Dictator in Sony Protest

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Event cinema specialists stage one-off screening in five cities after Sony cancels release of The Interview.

Secret Cinema hosted a one-off screening of Charlie Chaplin's The Great Dictator across five cities in the US and Europe yesterday (Dec 21) to protest Sony's decision to pull The Interview.

The screening, held to "protest against the attack on freedom of expression that the threats against screenings of The Interview represents" took place in London, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Rome. At least £11,500 ($18,000) of proceeds from the event will be donated to global free speech charity Article 19.

An audience of more than 2,000 across the five cities dressed in dark suits to protest censorship through live poetry, music, short films and live jazz. The cinemas that took part include Videology and Spectrum in New York, The Troxy in London, Teatro Centrale in Rome, Great Star Theatre in San Francisco and CineFamily in Los Angeles. …

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