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Church Of England Says Ad In Front Of ‘Star Wars’ Refused By Exhibs; Does Religion Have A Place In Cinema Advertising?

23 November 2015 6:47 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

The Church of England has come out swinging against major UK cinema chains and Digital Cinema Media, which handles most of the country's movie advertising. At issue: The church says it had planned to buy screen time for a 60-second commercial to run ahead of Star Wars: The Force Awakens beginning December 18 in UK movie houses. The ad, a trailer for its new Just Pray website that features the Lord’s Prayer, was given clearance by the Cinema Advertising Authority and the… »

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Cinemas turn down religious advert by Jennie Kermode - 2015-11-22 13:11:45

22 November 2015 5:11 AM, PST | | See recent news »

People at prayer in the controversial advert

Digital Cinema Media (Dcm), the organisation which represents large cinema chains including Vue and Cineworld, has refused to show an advert which promotes the Church of England and its new website, Just Pray. The advert, which was due to be shown befoe Star Wars: The Force Awakens, features assorted individuals and groups of people reciting parts of the Lord's Prayer.

The Church has objected to the rejection of the advert, saying "In one way the decision of the cinemas is just plain silly but the fact that they have insisted upon it makes it rather chilling in terms of limiting free speech."

Dcm says that the decision is a matter of policy and that t will not show adverts which relate to people's personal beliefs, "specifically those related to politics or religion." It denied accusations that it is attacking Chrstianity, saying "in this regard, »

- Jennie Kermode

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Fantasia 2015: ‘The Reflecting Skin’ a gothic masterpiece that is criminally overlooked

24 July 2015 9:11 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Reflecting Skin

Directed by Philip Ridley

Written by Philip Ridley

1990, USA

The Reflecting Skin is not your average vampire movie. I’m not even sure if it is a vampire movie, nor am I sure the movie knows what it wants to be. Although, most people easily label it a psychological horror film, The Reflecting Skin is not a film that is easily pigeonholed. It appears to be a film about the trauma of growing up and more importantly, growing up with a dysfunctional family that is haunted by their past. And it’s all told in a series of twisted events.

This independent feature was the directorial debut of Philip Ridley, a British painter-illustrator-novelist who had supplied the script to Peter Medek’s mesmerizing 1990 gangster film The Krays. The Reflecting Skin was celebrated as one of the unique films of its year and received a good deal of favorable reviews. »

- Ricky

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