The Riverside joined the Film Hub South East Programming Group at the end of 2019 and started its new series of films entitled “Maverick Mondays” under this banner in February of 2020 with a screening of the documentary FOR SAMA, followed in March by a screening of the Oscar Winner PARASITE.
We all want to see big audiences for a wider range of cinema – British independents, foreign language films, documentaries, archive films, artists’ cinema and more – but the fact is that growing audiences for these kind of films is a long-term audience development project, not something that happens overnight. When budgets are tight, it’s hard to prioritise the long term and also hard to make the right decisions for our audience.
That’s where Film Hub South East’s Programming Group comes in. They want to build a committed group of cinemas aiming to grow audiences for cultural cinema. This is designed to help cinemas develop audiences in their region for a broader range of films than what they currently show. To help us grow these audiences, they will subsidise our costs on selected titles and present us with a list of films every two months, from which we must select two to include in our programme – one per month.
We are delighted to be able to re-start our programme once again in October with a screening of PAPICHA followed by LES MISERABLES in November.