Very glad to see that Lawrence Jones’ campaign to save the Curzon Soho is gathering pace and has nearly hit the target of 20,000 signatures. I’m sure you’ve already signed the petition but in case you haven’t here’s the link https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/save-the-curzon-soho
And if you haven’t – why not? If you’re reading this blog you must have some sort of love for independent cinema and the Curzon Soho is the very beating heart of the UK independent theatrical scene.
Yes London is blessed with an extraordinary number of extraordinary cinemas, there can be few cities where so many venues compete to bring you such a diverse range of films. However it is the very diversity of the capital’s cinema culture which is so essential when it comes to making the broader case for independent film production. It is not enough that London has other art-house venues, what London proves is that there is a vibrant competitive market for alternative visions. Any voice lost from that blissful cacophony lessens the argument we all should be making.
So I don’t care if you’ve never been to the Curzon Soho, if you’re an independent filmmaker or would like to be an independent filmmaker you should sign this petition and share this petition and help protect the micro culture that one day will see people paying good money to see your crazy beautiful ideas.
And if the only reason you’ve not signed the petition is because you don’t think online petitions work then – ah get over yourself. Even if it does nothing at all it’ll take you less time to sign it than to flick through your Facebook spam and significantly less time than it’s taken you to get to this point in this blog post so really – you know – sort your online priorities out.