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Christopher Fowler
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Here's a perfect example of another quirky London venue now in danger of being lost. London's extraordinary Cinema Museum is in serious danger of closure. Despite numerous attempts to buy the building over the years and promises in writing from SLaM (South London and Maudsley NHS Trust) that they would sell it to the Museum for a fair and independent price, they are now planning to sell at speed…
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Christopher Fowler
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It came as a shock to be flicking through a copy of BFI Monthly (now called Sight & Sound) to discover that the first British colour feature film was made just 16 years before I was born. For me, 'British film' was a tautology, the punchline to a national joke on a par with 'British car industry'. So it was ironic that I ended up working in it for so long. Film freaks rarely turn their obsessions…
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Christopher Fowler
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Britain has always had a disparaging attitude to its cinemas and their history. After the collapse of MOMI (Museum of the Moving Image) in London's Southbank, we were left without a cinema museum. MOMI was utterly dreadful, a dumbed-down 'experience' ineptly run, with very little to enjoy beneath its expensive surface gloss. So it was down to a private museum to take up the reins and do the thing…
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