The UK Cinema Association has today published its 2023 Annual Report, covering the organisation’s activities during the year, as well as its position on key industry issues.

As Association Chief Executive Phil Clapp noted in his introduction to the report:

“Any account of 2023 for the UK cinema sector and indeed for the global cinema sector – begins with one word – ‘Barbenheimer.’”

UKCA Annual Report 2023But as well as noting the extraordinary cultural moment represented by the simultaneous release of ‘Barbie’ and ‘Oppenheimer’ last Summer, and the level of excitement and engagement generated by these two big screen phenomena, the report also catalogues the challenges that the UK sector – and the sector more broadly – experienced, not least as a result of strike action in the US in the second half of the year.

The latter served above all to dampen the momentum of recovery that the two films above, as well as a range of other key titles, has bolstered, with a number of key releases planned for the closing months of the year pushed into 2024 and beyond.

At the more operational level, the report also explains the Association’s work across a range of industry issues including music rights – where the organisation is pushing back on unwarranted attempts massively to increase the payments made by its members – as well as film distribution, film theft and disability and access.

The full report can be accessed by clicking on the image above.

Those wishing to receive a hard copy should contact the Association on