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Christie gets green light for London Film Festival

October 10, 2019

LONDON - Following a successful debut last year, Christie® is pleased to announce that Christie RealLaser is the flagship projection technology for the 63rd BFI London Film Festival (LFF) in partnership with American Express. Once reserved for the premium cinema market, RGB pure laser is now affordable and ready for mainstream cinema adoption, making it perfect for the return of the much-loved 820-seat ‘pop-up’ Embankment Garden Cinema (EGC). Described by BFI Head of Technical Services, Dominic Simmons as, “One of the highest quality temporary cinemas ever seen,” this year the EGC hosts its first international premiere (Martin Scorsese’s hotly anticipated The Irishman from Netflix) in a truly stellar line-up of gala screenings including the opening Gala, The Personal History of David Copperfield, with the audience enjoying the amazing colour and high contrast images capable with Christie RealLaser RGB illumination technology.

The Irishman

Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman has its International premiere at the ECG to close the Festival

The Personal History of David Copperfield

Dev Patel starred in The Personal History of David Copperfield, the opening gala at the LFF

Christie has worked with the BFI on the projection set-up since the BFI first made the bold move to build a full, state-of-the-art temporary cinema, providing the festival with a central London venue nestled in the tranquil Embankment Gardens just by the river. “The EGC has become an absolute favourite and has gained a surprising level of affection in just four years. Many people say it is their favourite venue and a shame it’s only available two weeks a year,” remarked Simmons.

“It’s loved not just by the public and BFI staff, but filmmakers who are often really surprised at the quality. One said it was the best screening of his film he had seen.” He continued, “This a really high-spec install which is what we wanted, it is as good as a permanent cinema, especially using Christie RealLaser projection with such bright colours, higher colour gamut and contrast.

As Britain’s leading cinema event and one of the world’s most important film festivals, the event programme runs from 2 – 13 October and offers UK audiences the chance to see some of the most anticipated new films from around the globe, including 28 world premieres, 12 international premieres and 28 European premieres. The Festival is due to close with the International Premiere of The Irishman which sees Scorsese reunited with Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci for a grand scale epic with Scorsese and cast’s expected attendance announced by the BFI.

The Christie CP4330-RGB offers exhibitors and filmgoers a level of image quality unattainable with any other cinema projection system. This level of performance is achieved with a combination of 4K resolution, an expanded colour gamut approaching Rec.2020 colour space, and contrast ratios that far exceed the DCI specification – all of which adds up to a whole new depth of image detail. When the high frame rate (HFR) capabilities and extended contrast capabilities up to 6000:1 are added in, the CP4330-RGB sets a new benchmark for mainstream cinematic exhibition.

For exhibitors, the benefits of Christie RealLaser™ illumination extend beyond the image on the screen. Christie has – thanks to expertise in thermal engineering and strategic development with suppliers of highly-efficient, next-generation laser diodes – engineered a truly affordable direct-coupled RGB pure laser projector. “There is no need for bulky and noisy external chillers, expensive fibre-coupling, or concerns about space when retrofitting an existing cinema booth. These benefits equally apply for a non-permanent installation such as the Embankment Garden Cinema,” explained Phil Lord, Christie Cinema Sales Manager.

The Christie RealLaser system delivers more than 30,000 hours of optimal performance before dropping to 80% original brightness. For a typical cinema, this equates to more than 8 years of stable, uncompromised, virtually maintenance-free operation. No other illumination technology compares.

About the BFI

The BFI is the UK’s lead organisation for film, television and the moving image. It is a cultural charity that:

•     Curates and presents the greatest international public programme of World Cinema for audiences; in cinemas, at festivals and online

•     Cares for the BFI National Archive – the most significant film and television archive in the world

•     Actively seeks out and supports the next generation of filmmakers

•     Works with Government and Industry to make the UK the most creatively exciting and prosperous place to make film internationally

Founded in 1933, the BFI is a registered charity governed by Royal Charter. The BFI Board of Governors is chaired by Josh Berger CBE.

The BFI London Film Festival

BFI London Film Festival is Britain's leading film event and one of the world's best film festivals. It introduces the finest new British and international films to an expanding London and UK-wide audience and attracts significant international film industry participation. LFF is a compelling combination of diverse films, red carpet glamour, friendly audiences and vibrant exchange. LFF provides an essential profiling opportunity for films seeking global success; promotes the careers of British and international filmmakers through its industry and awards programmes and positions London as the world’s leading creative city.

Tricia Tuttle Biography

Tricia Tuttle’s appointment as Director of BFI Festivals follows her role as Artistic Director of the 62nd Edition of the BFI London Film Festival and five successful years as Deputy Head of Festivals at BFI, including BFI Flare and BFI London Film Festival. Moving from North Carolina in 1997 to complete a joint MA at BFI and Birkbeck, University of London in Film and TV Studies, Tricia’s passion for film has seen her work as a programmer, lecturer, writer and journalist.  Her career has spanned a five year tenure at BAFTA, starting in 2008 and with her appointment as Film Programme Manager in 2011.  Tuttle has been instrumental in evolving BFI Festivals, continuing to expand audience reach year on year and introducing impactful initiatives such as BFI Flare’s FiveFilms4Freedom, in partnership with the British Council. In March 2019, she was recognized in Variety’s annual International Women’s Impact Report as a woman making an impact in showbiz around the globe.

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