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New website for Lyre!

22 Jul

Hallo there!

We’d like to draw your attention to …

 

www.lyreproductions.com

 

Launched yesterday, this newly-created website is an online forum to showcase our films THE INHERITANCE and THE SPACE BETWEEN.

Check it out for details of the company, its films, DVDs for purchase, latest events, plus news of future projects.

Hope you’re having a great Summer!!

 

 

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Distribution

4 May

As THE SPACE BETWEEN reaches the end of its tour – after 57 screenings, followed by audience Q & A’s, followed by fantastic conversations full of praise for our film – it makes sense to document how we achieved what so few independent films achieve – a theatrical release.

Firstly, we kept control of our work. Filmmakers know best. They put their heart, skills, savings and soul into their projects, and there are no better guardians.

And secondly, we set no timescale. This film needed to find audiences, so we went to find them.

We built our contacts through our debut film – award-winning Scottish road movie THE INHERITANCE – and these we worked with to distribute our follow-up film. We premiered at (and sold out) Edinburgh’s Filmhouse – our spiritual home – and then screened throughout the city in art galleries, cafes, community centres, theatres, universities and both the city’s observatories. The reception was amazing and put our indie film on the map.

We then blitzed cinemas in Scotland – deciding to distribute the film to our homeland and build up a following. Cinema programmers were intrigued and gave us slots to show the film. We contacted local press and film / theatre / arts societies, inviting them along. We received a decent box office share from every screening. I personally hosted each screening and took part in the audience Q & A afterwards.

Audiences came and the conversation flowed. And people offered their opinions and praise. And we discovered that THE SPACE BETWEEN chimed with audiences of all ages, backgrounds, ethnicities, tastes.

We contacted more cinemas. We contacted film societies throughout the UK. They’re interested in indigenous film-making and gave us slots. They have good venues, good projectors & sound systems, and big community audiences who love film.

We were invited to Berlin to screen at Korsobad – a fantastic arts venue which the British Council supported us to attend.

The film was invited to Shetland Film Festival, curated by Mark Kermode. We were invited to screen at Oxford University, in Magdalen College. We premiered in London at the beautiful Genius cinema in Whitechapel, and then returned after we sold it out.

After 2 years, 55 screenings, countless pieces of heart-felt praise, we released the film on DVD. All sales are valuable – recouping the budget and going into the pot for making future work.

We are not alone in making self-distribution work – film-makers all over the world are discovering new ways to find audiences. With energy, belief and hard, hard work, film-makers can distribute their films in cinemas, where their work looks most at home. A revolution is happening in film, and indie film-makers have never before had more possibilities to show their work. The future looks incredibly exciting.

 

For a full list of screenings or to purchase the DVD, see our pages above.