×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

London-Based Secret Cinema Sets Screenings to Protest Pulling of “The Interview”

U.K.-based Secret Cinema, which stages events that combine live performances involving audience participation with the screening of a film, is staging a one-off Secret Screening in London on Sunday, Dec. 21, to protest the attack on “The Interview” by hackers and the subsequent pulling of the film from theaters by Sony Pictures.

All proceeds from the event will go to global free speech charity Article 19.

Screenings have also been added in San Francisco, Rome and Los Angeles.

In a press release, Secret Cinema said it “passionately believes in the freedom to create” and is looking for partners around the world to join them in hosting a simultaneous screening “with a view to strengthen the resolve of filmmakers and artists against the threat of censorship, and to stand in solidarity with artists whose freedom of expression is routinely curtailed.”

Secret Cinema raised $37,000 in August for mental health charity Mind when it screened “Dead Poet’s Society.”

As with all Secret Cinema events, the film to be screened will remain under wraps until curtain time. As the org does, however, issue dress codes for its screenings in order to create a themed event, Sunday’s audience is requested to wear dark suits and to bring a small gift to give to a stranger.

Popular on Variety

It asks to show support of the cause using #freedomtocreate on Twitter. Parties interested in setting up screenings outside London can contact Secret Cinema via SecretScreening@SecretCinema.org.

For tickets for the San Francisco screening, visit eventbrite.co.uk/e/secret-cinema-article19-charity-screening-in-san-francisco-tickets-15007376467

 

More Film

  • Bong Joon Ho Talks 'Parasite' on

    'Parasite' Director Bong Joon Ho Makes Late Night Debut Following Three Globe Nominations

    “Parasite” director Bong Joon Ho sat down for his first U.S. late-night appearance on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” Monday night. The director, who received best director and best original screenplay Globen Globe nominations with co-writer Han Jin Won, plus a best foreign language nod Monday morning, did not give much away about the film’s [...]

  • The Cold Blue

    Erik Nelson Wants to Preserve the Past With 'The Cold Blue' World War II Documentary

    Erik Nelson describes his documentary “The Cold Blue” as “the garage band of movies” — he didn’t have the large team or crew other documentary contenders have. “The Cold Blue” is a World War II documentary that looks at raids and B-17 bombing missions that took place during the war. Nelson’s team looked at 34 [...]

  • Ray Manzarek

    Film News Roundup: Concert-Documentary 'The Doors: Break on Thru' Set for February

    In today’s film news roundup, one-night showings of a Ray Manzarek tribute and the season premiere of “Doctor Who” have been set for 2020, and the MPAA hires a copyright expert. ONE-NIGHT SHOWINGS The Doors and Trafalgar Releasing are teaming on the worldwide Feb. 12 release of “The Doors: Break on Thru – A Celebration [...]

  • Richard Jewell

    Warner Bros. Hits Back at Atlanta Paper Over 'Richard Jewell' Legal Threat

    Warner Bros. is standing behind “Richard Jewell,” the Clint Eastwood drama that is the source of controversy over its portrayal of a female journalist trading sex for scoops. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution sent a legal threat to the filmmakers on Monday asking them to include a disclaimer noting that the film took dramatic license. In a [...]

  • The Irishman

    'Captain Marvel,' 'The Irishman,' Other Original Scores to Miss Out on Oscar Nominations

    The Regina Spektor song from “Bombshell” and at least six major scores including “The Two Popes” and “The Irishman” won’t be on Oscar’s music shortlists when they are announced next week. That’s because none of them are on the official Academy eligibility lists from which music-branch members are now voting. Preliminary voting ends tomorrow afternoon, [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content