HOME have announced the latest way that their Friends and Members can enjoy the benefits of supporting the arts centre from their own homes, with a new partnership with BFI Player.
There will also be a dedicated page on the BFI Player website featuring a selection of films specially curated by HOME’s expert film team.
Film Programme Producer Jen Hall said: “In a time when visiting the cinema isn’t a possibility it is important to us that our audiences are still able to access a diverse range of films that push boundaries, reveal different perspectives and challenge perceptions.
“The BFI player has a range of free films to explore from the archives, new films available to rent and a number of films available to those who subscribe. We’re really pleased that we were able to work with the BFI to curate a selection of their films to bring HOME programming to you at home and giving HOME Friends and Members additional offers around this.
“Although the cinema remains the best place to experience the moving image it’s great to be able to work with such wonderful streaming services to bring the cinema to our audiences until we are able to re-open our doors. The BFI does great work as a distributor and we will be there to support them again once normal service resumes!”
The titles available include Derek Jarman’s The Garden, originally planned to run alongside the exhibition Derek Jarman Protest! at Manchester Art Gallery in April, which has now been postponed. Also in the curated selection are Vera Chytilová’s Traps, Jonathan Demme’s Stop Making Sense, Paul Wright’s Arcadia, Taika Watiti’s What We Do in the Shadows, Takashi Miike’s Audition and Yasujiro Ozu’s An Autumn Afternoon.
The BFI Player partnership is in addition to existing deals available to HOME Friends, Members and newsletter subscribers.
Members and Friends can enjoy 90 days’ free access to MUBI, where the current curated selection includes Park Chan-Wook’s Oldboy, Lady Vengeance and Sympathy for Mr Vengeance, Ingmar Bergman’s The Silence and Autumn Sonata and Jean Cocteau’s Testament of Orpheus.
All HOME newsletter subscribers will receive a 15% discount on all Curzon Home Cinema titles, including Knives Out, Bacurau, Dogs Don’t Wear Pants and The Truth.
And all HOME fans – whether they are subscribers or not – can enjoy a special live Q&A with The Whalebone Box director Andrew Kötting, hosted on Zoom by MUBI and DocHouse, taking place on Friday, April 3. The film will be screened for MUBI members at 7pm, followed by the free Q&A which is open to everyone, and where writer and curator Sarah Perks will discuss the film with Kötting.
The film follows Kötting, photographer Anonymous Bosch, and writer Iain Sinclair – the owner of the eponymous box – as they embark on a reverse pilgrimage to return the box from London to the Outer Hebrides. Incorporating elements of archive and pinhole photography the film is shot using primarily super 8 and super 8 apps. The Whalebone Box is a delirious, extraordinary and miraculous tale.
More information about all the ways audiences can support HOME, including how to sign up as a Friend or Member, can be found on the website, here.
We have been overwhelmed by the love and support we’ve received since announcing our temporary closure due to the coronavirus update. This is a difficult time, and we appreciate everyone who has asked how they can help. If you are receiving a refund due to cancellation of a show, please consider being one of the many people who have turned this refund into a donation, if you can afford to do so. And please do add Gift Aid if you can – this means we can claim 25% more, without any additional cost to you. If you would like to make a one-off donation, you can do so via our Response Fund here: https://homemcr.org/about/support/donations/