Showroom Cinema’s Top 10 in record-breaking year
Image: The King’s Speech
It has been a record-breaking year at the box office for Sheffield’s Showroom Cinema with attendance figures at their highest yet. 2011 got off to a flying start with the release of The King’s Speech, one of the Showroom’s most successful films ever, which became a global phenomenon and swept the board at the 2011 Oscars. The Showroom’s Top 10 reveals what a strong year it has been for British film with 7 of the 10 films being British productions – it also shows how popular Colin Firth is with cinema-goers!
Showroom Cinema’s Top 10 Best Selling Films of 2011
1. The King’s Speech
2. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
3. True Grit
5. We Need to Talk About Kevin
6. Black Swan
7. Midnight in Paris
8. Never Let Me Go
9. The Guard
10. Wuthering Heights
Joan Parsons, Senior Programmer at the Showroom Cinema said:
“The discerning Showroom audience have voted with their feet to make this a fantastic Top 10 for the year! We are particularly pleased with the quality British cinema that has performed well in 2011. Let’s hope for another great year in 2012 with films to challenge and delight us all.”
As well as the big box office hits, the Showroom always offers a diverse range of films, screening lots of smaller independent and foreign-language films that are not screened anywhere else in the city. With this in mind, a handpicked selection of the Showroom’s favourite films of the year will be shown again between Christmas and New Year. These films do not appear in the Top 10, or even the Top 20 in terms of box office sales, but they are critically-acclaimed films the Showroom is proud to support and come with the Showroom stamp of approval. The films returning to the screen from Monday 26 – Friday 30 December are Animal Kingdom, A Separation, Incendies, Poetry and Tomboy.
2011 at the Showroom has also been packed with film festivals and seasons, including the hugely successful return of Showcomotion: Young People’s Film Festival in May, another almighty Doc/Fest which moved from its usual November slot to take place in June, and it’s been the best year yet for both Sheffield Adventure Film Festival and Celluloid Screams Horror Film Festival. This year, the Showroom even invited a treasured regular, Dr Clifford Shaw, to select his favourite films to share.
The Showroom continues to work closely with the University of Sheffield to provide specialist film seasons, such as Black History Icons and Russian Film Week. While Sheffield Hallam University regularly teams up with the Showroom to provide Film Studies courses, which will continue in 2012 with Werner Herzog Film Bites and Medieval Tapestries: The Middle Ages on Film coming up in January.
As the New Year approaches, the film on everybody’s lips is The Artist, an affectionate ode to the end of the silent era and the dawn of talkies in Hollywood in the 1920s, shot entirely in black and white with no dialogue. It may not sound like an obvious box office hit, but it’s tipped for great things, and it looks set to secure a place on the Showroom’s Top 10 of 2012!