UK Cinema Association members and Walt Disney Studios have today announced plans to come together in support of the charity MediCinema through a programme of preview screenings of the studio’s upcoming family film Christopher Robin.
All box office proceeds from the screenings – which will take place on Thursday 16 August – will go to MediCinema to support its work in helping seriously ill children and adults to enjoy a shared movie moment together with their loved ones.
Founded in 1999, MediCinema,builds and runs state of the art cinemas in hospitals and is dedicated to improving the well-being of patients, their families and carers across the UK through the magic of the shared cinema experience. Together with Disney, who are a long standing supporter, the charity brings comfort and inspiration to families with children facing serious illness.
Ewan McGregor, star of Christopher Robin and MediCinema patron, has offered his support for the initiative here, launching a call to action urging people to donate to the charity by purchasing tickets to the preview screenings.
Welcoming today’s announcement, Lee Jury, Head of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures UK & Ireland said, “As a founding partner of MediCinema, we’ve seen the comfort and inspiration film can bring to seriously ill children and those closest to them. Being able to spend quality time together helps build emotional resilience, giving them the strength and ability to cope. We hope these special screenings of Christopher Robin will enable MediCinema to create many more moments that matter for patients, and we’re excited to be the first studio to be part of this wider industry initiative.”
Kat Mason, Chief Executive of MediCinema said “We are so grateful to The Walt Disney Company, Ewan McGregor and the UK cinema community for coming together in this way to raise vital funds for MediCinema. You honestly can’t overestimate the difference that going to the movies in your hospital bed can make– it is precious normality, a chance to escape into other worlds, a shared experience and memory made together when it is needed most. Please do come out and see the film on the 16th – by buying a ticket, you’ll be helping people seriously ill in hospital and their families to share a precious movie moment together and feel better with film.”
Phil Clapp, CEO of the UK Cinema Association said, “While everyone working in the UK cinema industry of course believes in the power of the big screen experience, the work of MediCinema shows its ability truly to transform lives. Through these special screenings, UK cinema operators are delighted to give the British public a unique opportunity to ensure that that impact can reach an even wider number of people”.
For further details of the preview screenings of Christopher Robin and to book tickets – please go to www.christopherrobinfilm.co.uk