Regent Street Cinema Presents: Network
Enjoy an excellent satire of American media in Britain's oldest cinema
Regent Street Cinema is Britain's oldest picturehouse. On 21 February 1896, it became the birthplace of cinema in the UK, when the Lumière brothers used their Cinematographé machine to show the earliest of moving images to a paying audience. Having reopened in May 2015, the staff have been dedicated to engaging with the cinema's groundbreaking legacy, showcasing everything from classic films, internationally acclaimed work and even the odd blockbuster. Anchorman Howard Beale has been forced to retire from his post as account of his old age. In retaliation, he announces that he will commit suicide live on air for his final program…and, when it appears that his death will come with unprecedented viewing figures, the incident becomes a gross entertainment specatcle-cum-debacle. An intriguing satire on the nature of media and how figure influences the content we consume. "A very black comedy." – Empire Magazine "This tale of a failing network that feeds on the mental breakdown of one of its anchors, cannibalising itself for ratings, feels as savagely relevant now as it did when it was released nearly 40 years ago." – The Times Certificate: 15. Running time: 2 hours 1 minute.
"The film's never been more timely."