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QFT to show BFI’s Hitchcock World Premiere of The Lodger

A new cinema network across the UK Cross Artform Venues Network (CAVN) brings BFI’s Hitchcock World Premiere of THE LODGER at the Barbican to local audiences on Saturday 21st July.


  • Digital technology gives local cinemas the opportunity to join in with film events taking part in other cities and parts of the country• The CAV Network of independent cinemas dedicated to bring new cinema and arts experiences to audiences launches live world premiere of Hitchock’s The Lodger across the UK
  • Super-fast digital technology is giving a network of arts cinemas and venues around the UK the chance to offer their local audiences the opportunity to enjoy film premieres and interactive activities such as filmmaker discussions physically taking place in other cinemas and even cities.

The newly created Cross Artform Venue Network (CAV Network) will show the world premiere of the restoration of Hitchcock’s classic, The Lodger: A Tale of the London Fog, an official London 2012 festival event, on Saturday 21 July. The film is newly restored by the BFI National Archive and brought to new audiences as part of the BFI’s Genius of Hitchcock project this summer. The film is complete with a newly commissioned score by Nitin Sawhney, one of the world’s most distinctive and versatile musical voices and will premiere at the Barbican in London with the score performed by the London Symphony Orchestra and conducted by the composer and transmitted to the CAV Network by independent cinema operator City Screen.

The cinemas in the network taking part in the premiere are the Broadway Nottingham, the Chapter Cardiff, the DCA Dundee, the Glasgow Film Theatre, the Manchester Cornerhouse, the National Media Museum, Bradford, the Quad Derby, the Queen’s Film Theatre Belfast, the Sheffield Showroom and the Tyneside Newcastle. City Screen is also programming the premiere into cinemas it manages including the Celtic Community Leisure Centre in Port Talbot, the Electric Palace Bridport, the Gulbenkian Theatre Canterbury, and the Phoenix Leicester.

Susan Picken, Head of QFT said, “As a member of the newly launched Cross Arts Venues Network, and via the latest technology which links cinemas across the UK, we’re thrilled to be broadcasting the premiere of Alfred Hitchcock’s newly restored ‘The Lodger’ on July 21st at QFT from the Barbican in London. The London Symphony Orchestra will accompany the film live with a BFI-commissioned score by Nitin Sawhney, whose band will join the LSO for a real treat.“

“We’re excited to be able to offer this wonderful opportunity to our audience in the Belfast area and as members of the CAVN we’ll be able to simulcast many more such events in the future. This is the beginning of an exciting new era in entertainment and I’m delighted that the QFT involved.”

The CAV Network is a UK-wide dedicated web of arts cinemas, many of which also host visual arts galleries, work studios and other arts facilities that can offer guaranteed data transfer between different venues. Cinemas have been exploring how they can share high profile and diverse film-led activity for some time but it is the digital transition which is, for the first time, giving them the opportunity to ‘cinecast’ across a number of screens.

Ali Hossaini, Chief Executive Officer of the CAV Network says: “Digital technology has been truly transformative for the arts sector opening new ways of working and opportunities for collaboration. Now, for the first time, the CAV Network of arts centre cinemas can offer local audiences the chance to participate in a broader range of film events, whether screenings, filmmaker interviews or interactive activities such as workshops. As hi-tech centres connecting cities the network is also helping to develop new markets for cultural cinema, film education and archives by enabling partners to co-create and co-curate on programming, delivering new forms of engagement with audiences.

“In addition,” he continues, “this cloud connectivity and the back-office technology provided through the CAV network opportunity brings efficiencies and cost savings for the individual cinemas, allowing them to be more sustainable. In the coming months the network will be launching interactive film programming, some which will have music-themed events, exclusive previews and filmmaker interviews and much more.”

The Internet via an ultraband links members of the CAVN to each other in a dedicated and high speed network allowing them to share films and related content. In short, they have created a culture cloud for the UK that offers new opportunities not just to audiences but also filmmakers.

Former philosopher Ali Hossaini turned to producing groundbreaking, science-influenced TV and live shows. He pioneered interactive television for Cablevision using fibre optic loops to deliver live video on demand from hundreds of locations in the New York metropolitan area and developed interactive technologies that let people participate in TV live via webcam.

Ali’s first multimedia opera work, Honoria in Ciberspazio, was one of the first webcasts ever in 1996, from the University of Texas in Austin. He has recently created the video presentation that is part of Paola Prestini’s operatic show Oceanic Verses, which had its world premiere at Washington’s Kennedy Center, and is producing a multimedia installation that helps people to understand what it’s like to be autistic. He has also been involved in the launch of several television channels, produced documentaries and factual programming and projects with, among others, Johnny Depp, Selma Hayek, Robert Downey Jnr, Winona Ryder and Sean Penn.

The Lodger: A Tale of the London Fog (1926), is a restoration by the BFI National Archive that has been made possible with the assistance and co-operation of ITV Studios Global Entertainment, Network Releasing and Park Circus Films and with funding provided by The Hollywood Foreign Press Association and The Film Foundation, and Simon W Hessel. The film is one of Hitchcock’s silent films and stars matinee idol Ivor Novello.

Heather Stewart, Creative Director, BFI said “Alfred Hitchcock is one of the great artists of the 20th century. His contribution to world cinema is immense and it’s important that we make his work as accessible as possible and give people the opportunity to see his early films; they are the foundation of his whole body of work. Now new audiences across the UK will be able to enjoy The Lodger for the first time ever in all its restored glory and with a fantastic new score.”

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