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Metrodome en quête de redressement

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- En anglais : Les effectifs de l'importante société de distribution vont être considérablement réduits

Metrodome en quête de redressement

Cet article est disponible uniquement en anglais.

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 [+lire aussi :
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, Juan José Campanella’s The Secret in their Eyes [+lire aussi :
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, Wong Kar-Wai’s The Grandmaster [+lire aussi :
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, Fred Cavayé’s Mea Culpa [+lire aussi :
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and Sean Baker’s Tangerine, amongst many others. Metrodome’s upcoming release slate includes Terence DaviesA Quiet Passion [+lire aussi :
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and Olivier AssayasPersonal Shopper [+lire aussi :
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, while Brady Corbet’s The Childhood of a Leader [+lire aussi :
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is in UK cinemas on 19 August.

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 JencksThe 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. 

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