Cinemas shut, movies postponed: how Covid-19 upturned film in 2020

The year started off so well – remember Parasite? – before it all got put on hold.

This might be the end of cinema as we know itIf you had money on drive-in movies making a comeback in 2020, the year’s most talked-about actor being Laurence Fox, and the biggest Hollywood hit being Bad Boys for Life, then you invented Covid-19 and should pay for your crimes.You could call 2020 a year of winners and losers; but, frankly, it was mostly losers, the biggest being cinema itself.

Things started out promisingly.

Parasite won big at the Oscars, and last year was the biggest ever at the British box office.

This year was set to surpass it, with blockbusters such as No Time to Die, Black Widow, Fast & Furious 9 and West Side Story on the way.

Twelve months later, we’re still waiting.

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