Ahead of our reopening, a welcome from Dave and some thoughts from our test event

HOME reopens to the public from Friday, 4 September, with a cinema programme that includes Ladj Ly’s ambitious debit, Les Misérables, the gorgeously animated Away and – of course – Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, among other titles. But we couldn’t reopen without running some test events, and so over the Bank Holiday weekend we welcomed friends, supporters and staff into the building to help us test our new systems.

Events like this are crucial if we are to give everyone an amazing experience while still making sure we help fight the spread of coronavirus – and we were so touched by the messages that came flooding in over the weekend:

We screened Les Misérables – comparable to La Haine (which we’re also showing in a 4K restoration) – which is based on director Ladj Ly’s own experiences growing up in the Parisian suburb of Montfermeil. An area of poverty and brutality in which the teenage inhabitants face a life of crime and neglect from the state, it’s also the key setting in Victor Hugo’s novel of the same name.

Our audience described the film as a “sucker punch”, “stunning”, and “one of the most powerful films I’ve seen in a long time”.

Finally, our Director and CEO Dave Moutrey has a short message for those who are wondering if they’ll get the same lovely feeling from a socially-distanced visit to HOME as they did pre-lockdown – and the answer is a resounding yes! We’ve missed you all, and we can’t wait to see you again: