JANUARY is always a packed month at the cinema. Joy and The Danish Girl were released last week, and Room, The Revenant, Spotlight, Creed and Dirty Grandpa are still to come.
There’s one film, however, released this weekend that UK audiences may struggle to see after a dispute between three of the major exhibitors and the films distributor.
The Hateful Eight, Quentin Tarantino’s (pictured) latest film, which has already picked up extremely positive reviews, will not be widely available when it opens tomorrow.
Starring Kurt Russell, Samuel L Jackson, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Channing Tatum, The Hateful Eight finds a bounty hunter and his bounty seeking refuge in a halfway house along with other sinful figures.
Cineworld, Picturehouses and Curzon cinemas have all decided not to screen the western because of a last-minute disagreement with Entertainment Film, who are releasing the film in the UK.
There have been different reports as to what made the three chains turn down the film, but it appears to be due to an exclusive deal Entertainment Film established with Odeon cinemas.
As in the US, the distributor wanted the film to screen in 70mm before a wider digital release and brokered a deal with Odeon, whose West End cinema in London is the largest to still use the technology.
It didn’t go down well with Cineworld (who also own Picturehouses) and Curzon cinemas, and therefore the film won’t be shown in those chains.
The decision is certainly disappointing as it will now be trickier for some to find a screening of the film.
No so here, thankfully. If you want to see The Hateful Eight locally, catch screenings at Vue Ocean Terminal and Omni Centre and Odeon Wester Hailes and Lothian Road.