Australian cinemas target July restart, pin hopes on Christopher Nolan

5/05/2020 3:01:00 PM

Cinemas in Australia are aiming to reopen in July, with exhibitors describing the worldwide release of Christopher Nolan's new film on July 16 as a 'totem' for the industry.

Cinemas in Australia are aiming to reopen in July, with exhibitors describing Christopher Nolan's big-budget film Tenet as a 'totem' guiding them towards re-emergence from the coronavirus shutdown

Cinemas in Australia are aiming to reopen in July, with exhibitors describing the worldwide release of Christopher Nolan's new film on July 16 as a 'totem' for the industry.

In the US, IMAX chief Richard Gelfond last week told investors he hopes Nolan's film will be the first major release after things return to something like normal."Chris really would like to be coming out with the film that opens theatres," Gelfond said. "I don’t know anyone in America who is pushing harder to get the theatres reopened and to get his movie released than Chris Nolan."

LoadingNolan is widely credited with saving the mega-screen format by shooting portions of his Batman movieThe Dark Knightin 70mm in 2008. It was the first feature film to do so, and all his features since have also been released in IMAX versions.However, the risk remained that the US and Europe would not be ready for a full-scale emergence from shutdown at the same time as Australia, which would almost certainly mean the release of major films such as

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Play video In the US, IMAX chief Richard Gelfond last week told investors he hopes Nolan's film will be the first major release after things return to something like normal.Play video Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Friday the Australian government did not have strong evidence linking the Wuhan lab to the virus.Read more Ms Palaszczuk said it was too early to give a definite timeframe on when travel to and from New Zealand could commence.The Federal Government has urged Australians to report and call out racist attacks when they see them and to not retaliate against Chinese Australians for any feelings they may have towards Beijing.

"Chris really would like to be coming out with the film that opens theatres," Gelfond said. "I don’t know anyone in America who is pushing harder to get the theatres reopened and to get his movie released than Chris Nolan. Senior members of the Morrison government are concerned the promotion of the theory is hampering efforts by Australia to pursue an independent coronavirus inquiry and its push to permanently end the sale of exotic wildlife in Chinese wet markets." Loading Nolan is widely credited with saving the mega-screen format by shooting portions of his Batman movie The Dark Knight in 70mm in 2008." She welcomed the addition of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to the National Cabinet. It was the first feature film to do so, and all his features since have also been released in IMAX versions. Chinese state media reacted furiously to the Wuhan lab Five Eyes claims published by News Corp Australia on Saturday, accusing it of perpetuating a US campaign led by Steve Bannon. However, the risk remained that the US and Europe would not be ready for a full-scale emergence from shutdown at the same time as Australia, which would almost certainly mean the release of major films such as Tenet would be delayed. "I say to the broader Australian public, call out the racist attacks when you see it.

In that case, the association of cinema operators said, "it will not be possible to reopen until the major Hollywood studios confirm that the cinema releases they have postponed or re-dated are available for the big-screen theatrical global release that they were intended for. Describing Mr Bannon as the "living fossil of the cold war," the Communist mouthpiece, People's Daily said the Trump administration was engaging in "unprecedented propaganda warfare" while trying to impede global efforts in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. There are currently 57 active cases in the state with about 980 recovered. "NACO acknowledges that studios will not release new titles until the majority of cinemas are opened around the world." Loading If they do open in July, Australian cinemas will operate under very different conditions than pre-virus. "Some Australian media and political elites have lost their independent judgment of the country's overall interests and have adopted a US-led approach to smearing China over COVID-19," he told Beijing's Global Times. Precautionary measures to be introduced will include staggered session times and spaced seating, contactless and cashless transactions, sanitisation stations and increased frequency of cleaning cinemas. Staff and customers will also be encouraged to download the COVIDSafe app. Loading Talking points distributed by the Prime Minister's office on Monday morning reminded Coalition MPs that the CSIRO undertakes due diligence before entering into research partnerships. We want your help to get a better picture of what's happening from across Australia; to hear from people who have been subjected to racism or seen it take place.

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