Metrodome goes into administration
by Naman Ramachandran
- Staff are understood to have been retrenched
The travails of the independent distribution scene in the UK continue with Metrodome Distribution going into administration. The company was a stalwart of British independent distribution, being responsible for the dissemination of a raft of award-winning world cinema titles including Luca Guadagnino’s I Am Love [+see also:
interview: Luca Guadagnino - director
film profile], Juan José Campanella’s The Secret in their Eyes [+see also:
Interview Juan José Campanella [IT]
Interview Ricardo Darín [IT]
Interview Soledad Villemin [IT]
film profile], Wong Kar-Wai’s The Grandmaster [+see also:
film profile], Fred Cavayé’s Mea Culpa and Sean Baker’s Tangerine, amongst many others. Metrodome’s upcoming release slate includes Terence Davies’ A Quiet Passion [+see also:
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interview: Artemio Benki
interview: Olivier Assayas
film profile], while Brady Corbet’s The Childhood of a Leader [+see also:
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Most of the company’s 32 employees have been retrenched, according to reports. Metrodome began looking for investment or buyers in March this year. In July, managing director Jezz Vernon announced that he would step down, after 11 years with the company. Fellow British distributor 101 Films has acquired some of Metrodome’s titles.
Metrodome also operates Hollywood Classics, which has a large repertoire of US studio library titles. The company also operated as an international sales agent under the trading name Metrodome International, and its titles include John Jencks’ The Hippopotamus, Paul Hyett’s Howl and Nirpal Bhogal’s First Born.
With several different avenues of viewing available to audiences now, the demise of Metrodome reflects the changing paradigm of film distribution, particularly in the independent space.