Martin Scorsese’s new film The Irishman has been ruffling feathers throughout the film industry. Most notably for its unusual release pattern.
The film was funded by streaming giant Netflix, meaning that it was available on SVOD just 19 days after it first hit cinema screens.
This is a highly unusual ‘collapsing of the theatrical window’. A film of this size and scope would be expected to have at least four months between first appearing on the big screen and then going into consumer homes (it’s three months in North America).
This has led the Big Three cinema chains in the UK, Vue, Odeon and Cineworld (which also owns Picturehouse), refusing to screen the film. The Irishman opened on 8th November on the screens …