Gravity leads Britain’s BAFTA nominations which were unveiled earlier this week, and “thanks to overwhelming demand from cinemagoers,” IMAX is bringing it back to UK theaters as of today. The film opened in October last year, and went on to become the highest-grossing IMAX release of 2013 in the UK; it’s IMAX’s seventh biggest release ever in the territory. Greg Foster, CEO of IMAX Entertainment and Senior EVP of IMAX Corp said today, “We couldn’t be happier with the overwhelming success of Gravity and the continued demand we’re seeing from UK cinemagoers to bring it back in IMAX.”
Meanwhile, Gravity has 11 BAFTA nominations, including Best Film and Best British Film. There’s been some consternation this week over its inclusion in the latter category with folks wondering how a U.S. studio-backed movie made the cut. Answer: It was produced by Britain’s David Heyman, shot at Pinewood and Shepperton Studios with a crew of local technicians, visual effects were handled by the UK’s Framestore and director Alfonso Cuaron is a British resident. That was enough for it to pass the requirement for significant British creative involvement qualifying it as British under guidelines set out by the BFI and the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. Last year, BAFTA added a sixth title to the British Film category that’s chosen by a jury to ensure the full range of UK movies is celebrated. But there were suggestions this week that the category should perhaps not include such high-profile U.S.-financed movies. BAFTA chief Amanda Berry says of the criticism, “It’s intriguing in the UK, we have a film industry that we should be incredibly proud of in so many ways. It’s very clear when you look at the list how broad the spectrum of British filmmaking is.”
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