Cinema Now (2022)

  • Louis Holder
  • Rob Szeliga

A fragmented collection of closed cinemas in London during lockdown, captured on Super 8mm film. To put it straightforwardly; Cinema Now is a short, observational documentary film (shot and presented in the contemporary 'Direct Cinema' style) depicting closed cinemas from the point of view of their exteriors in and amongst the London cityscape. During the COVID-19 pandemic thus far, cinemas around the country (and indeed the world) have been closed and left (largely) without government funding or support - depriving audiences of their love for cinema. The film sets out to document cinemas in their current state and aims to provide a meditation on cinema(s) as they currently are - dormant, towering meccas of film that once served (and will again serve) strangers, families and communities.