The UK’s first cinema devoted to documentary opens on Friday 27th March, showing the very best films full-time and year round, housed within the new Curzon Bloomsbury (formerly the Renoir).
- The Bertha DocHouse screen will be open every day, showing an exciting programme of documentaries from the UK and across the world.
- Their Flagship DocHouse Thursdays strand of special previews and premieres will continue in the main 150-seat screen at Curzon Bloomsbury.
- The screen will be programmed independently by DocHouse, the screening organisation that has been showing docs in London cinemas for over a decade.
- The programme will include a vibrant, cross-genre mix of docs on the UK release calendar, as well as titles without distribution, festival favourites and a strong programme of themed seasons and rep screenings through the year.
- The new Bertha DocHouse screen, with its own lounge and bar, is set to become a much-used hub for documentary in the UK: championing docs, featuring special events & Q&As, building audiences, fostering new talent, partnering with other organisations and festivals (collaborations are already underway with The Tate, Sheffield Doc Fest, Storyville, Open City Doc Fest, and the London College of Communication), and celebrating the depth and breadth of the form.
Elizabeth Wood, Director of DocHouse, says:
“We are delighted. DocHouse has spent over a decade promoting the very best docs from around the world and now we have a permanent home at Curzon Bloomsbury, thanks to the Bertha Foundation.”
Andre Singer, producer for Werner Herzog and director ‘Night Will Fall’, says:
“Who can say whether the inexorable rise in interest in cinema documentaries over the past decade was generated by the canny ability of DocHouse to choose and show the very best films, or did DocHouse emerge because the public realised there was a creative life for factual films outside television? And does it matter? The fact remains that we are hugely, hugely indebted to DocHouse as the bastion for wonderful, fulfilling films and intelligent discussion.”
Amanda Neville, CEO, BFI (British Film Institute), says:
“A big hurrah to the Bertha Foundation for putting their faith and soul into the first dedicated screen for documentary. Here’s wishing you big audiences and happy filmmakers.”
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