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London,—Nov 2, 2007
Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who - Exclusive live premiere at ODEON
ODEON Cinemas to host live satellite link to London Premiere with introduction and Q&A with film makers and band legends Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey
ODEON Cinemas, Universal Pictures (“Universal”) and Arts Alliance Media (“AAM”) are set to host the premiere of Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who live across the UK, from ODEON Kensington. The exhilarating feature-length film about one of the most seminal and influential rock bands in history will be screened exclusively at selected ODEON cinemas on Monday 5th November at 6.30pm.
Band members Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey will be introducing the film and participating in a live Q&A alongside the film’s creators, which will be screened simultaneously to cinema audiences across the UK, Austria and Germany, in HD and 5.1 surround sound. In anticipation of this unique event, film fans across the UK will be given the once in a lifetime opportunity to submit questions for inclusion in the Q&A session on the night.
Produced by Spitfire Pictures in association with Trinifold Management and spanning more than four decades, Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who reintroduces The Who now and to generations-to-come, as it tells one of the greatest stories of rock. The film tells the unfolding story of The Who across 40years, in a tale as gripping in adventure, life and personality as the searing power of their music. The film features all-new, exclusive, never-before-seen interviews with Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey and others, rare and recently discovered concert footage, artist profiles and much, much more. Plus music greats including Sting, U2’s The Edge, Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder and Oasis’ Noel Gallagher, offer insightful commentaries on The Who’s indelible influence.
Beginning with their first hit single “I Can’t Explain,” The Who emerged from Mod-Era London to electrify the world with their unique sound. The music and live performances of Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey, John Entwistle and Keith Moon tore through the existing boundaries of rock. The band has recorded 11 remarkable albums, including the world’s first rock opera Tommy, and the ensuing masterwork Quadrophenia. The British legends produced some of the most compelling and original music of the era, including the songs, “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” “Happy Jack,” “Pictures of Lily” and the immortal “My Generation.” The feature film brings the band’s story right up to date with footage from the band’s recent tour and tracks from the band’s first album in two decades ‘Endless Wire’.
Making the event possible is Arts Alliance Media, who have maximised the ODEON digital projection infrastructure to bring this star-studded event live via satellite from the ODEON Kensington to 14 cinema venues across the UK, as well as MEC Vienna, Austria and UCI/Kinowelt Dusseldorf, Germany.
Paul Chesney, AAM’s Director of Business Development added, “This kind of alternative content helps cinema owners to attract a broader audience, whilst bringing people back to the cinema. Music events are ideal for broadcast at exhibition locations and we are delighted to be working with Universal and Odeon on this prestigious occasion.”
Drew Kaza, Digital Development at ODEON, said “We’re delighted to bring this live premiere to film fans across the UK and beyond. ODEON is committed to screening the best in alternative content to ensure its cinema goers get the most out of their experience. The story of The Who is the stuff of musical legend and this is a great opportunity for guests to not only see the premiere, but quiz the band members too.”
This exclusive presentation will be screened in 15 ODEON cinemas across the country with ticket prices starting from £12.50 and can be booked at the ODEON box office, online at ODEON.co.uk or via the Film Line 0871 22 44 007
Questions to the band can be submitted via odeon.co.uk
For more information on Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who, please visit http://amazinguk.thewho.com
Venues (Ticket Price £12.50 unless stated).
ODEON Kensington (£25)
ODEON Manchester Printworks
ODEON London Covent Garden (£15)
ODEON Wimbledon (£15)
ODEON Tunbridge Wells (£15)
ODEON Guildford (£15)
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Kate Pidgeon Arts Alliance Media LtdT: +44 (0)20 7751 7512 F: +44 (0)20 7751 7505 firstname.lastname@example.org
About Arts Alliance Media:
Arts Alliance Media, based in London with offices in Paris, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Oslo, Milan and Berlin, is the worldwide leader in digital cinema, offering a complete range of services, as well as VPF financing solutions for digital conversion. These services include installation, maintenance and support for digital cinema systems; world-class software solutions; management and delivery of content to cinemas; and alternative content and live events. AAM has European Virtual Print Fee (VPF) agreements in place with all six Hollywood studios and has signed over 3,850 VPF screens in multiple territories, including with many leading exhibitors. The company recently activated its Latin American VPF programme with a raft of exhibitor signings in the past weeks. AAM's digital cinema software currently touches approximately 15,000 screens worldwide. The London-based Network Operations Centre supports over 5,500 digital screens around the world, and the company’s digital cinema lab has mastered over 2500 titles to date, and shipped hundreds of thousands of DCPs. AAM’s strategic partnership with Arqiva allows exhibitors to benefit from satellite delivery of content to cinemas. Arts Alliance Media was founded in 2003 by Thomas Høegh.
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About Odeon Cinemas:
1930 by Oscar Deutsch, ODEON is the largest cinema chain in the UK, with over
one hundred cinemas. ODEON entertains more people in the UK than any other
cinema chain accounting for nearly a third of all tickets sold in the UK. It is
now part of ODEON and UCI Cinemas Group and is looking forward to an exciting
period of development during which it will continue to build on its unique
position as the UK's number one cinema chain.
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About Universal Pictures:
Universal Pictures is a division of Universal Studios. Universal Studios is a part of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Formed in May 2004 through the combining of NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment, NBC Universal owns and operates the No. 1 television network, the fastest-growing Spanish-language network, a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBC Universal is 80%-owned by General Electric, with 20% controlled by Vivendi Universal.
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