A PLATFORM DEDICATED TO DOCUMENTARIES LAUNCHES IN THE SOUTHEAST ASIA MARKETS
Available since the beginning of the year in Australia, New Zealand, and Singapore, iwonder was launched on September 23 in many Southeast Asian countries, including Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Cambodia, and the Philippines. Created by some of the founders of iflix, the regional SVOD platform based in Kuala Lumpur, iwonder is an SVOD service specializing in documentaries. Subscription costs US$4.99 per month.
THAI ADVERTISERS FAVOR CINEMA THEATERS
While increasingly abandoning printed media for their advertistments, Thai advertisers seem enthusiastic about cinema theaters. On a global publicity market that has shrunk slightly by 0.42% in the past 12 months, July saw an increase in advertising spending in cinema theaters of almost 56% to 979 million bahts, equivalent to about €29 million. Multiplexes now capture more than 10% of the country's publicity market.
A FEAST OF FILMS FOR THE OPENING OF A NEW ARTHOUSE CINEMA HOUSE RCA IN BANGKOK
To celebrate its new installation in the heart of Bangkok and its expansion from 2 to 3 screens, the House RCA cinema, well known to Bangkok film lovers, will be offering its members an "All You Can Eat" event throughout October consisting of a "feast" of 150 international films, including Call Me By Your Name. Membership cards cost €15, and will allow holders to enjoy reductions throughout the year at this cinema. The distributor Sahamongkol is the owner of House RCA, which it had initially opened in 2004 on the outskirts of Bangkok.
Moreover, the Hollywood Reporter devotes a fine article to the current wave of cinemas opening offering alternatives to the multiplexes in the Thai capital.
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It should be noted that most of these cinemas' operators, Bangkok Screening Room, Doc Club Theater, Lido Connect, and House RCA, were present at the recent Kuala Lumpur film market organized by UniFrance in July this year.
HISTORIC SUCCESS IN THE PHILIPPINES FOR A LOCAL FILM
The romcom Hello, Love, Goodbye has just broken the Philippines box office record with US$17 million in revenues. Foreign revenues represent $2 million of this figure. The film produced by Star Cinema, the cinema subsidiary of the ABS-CBN television group, depicts the encounter of two workers who have emigrated to Hong Kong. Most of the top Filipino successes often include scenes shot abroad. More than 10 million Filipinos work outside their country.