Tenet director Christopher Nolan penned an op-ed calling on lawmakers to provide financial support to movie theaters amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The coronavirus pandemic has forced several businesses, including movie theaters, to close as a precautionary measure in hopes of slowing the spread of the virus. Consequently, many have lost their jobs and some businesses are asking for financial support as they face closure for the duration of this crisis, which could last months.
With the U.S. Congress currently considers applications for financial support during this pandemic, Tenet director Christopher Nolan wrote an op-ed for Washington Post urging lawmakers to provide assistance to the movie theater industry. In his op-ed, Nolan, a vocal advocate for the movie theater experience, argued that the exhibition community is a vital part of our social life that provides both entertainment and employment for many:
“Our nation’s incredible network of movie theaters is one of these industries, and as Congress considers applications for assistance from all sorts of affected businesses, I hope that people are seeing our exhibition community for what it really is: a vital part of social life, providing jobs for many and entertainment for all. These are places of joyful mingling where workers serve up stories and treats to the crowds that come to enjoy an evening out with friends and family. As a filmmaker, my work can never be complete without those workers and the audiences they welcome.”
The Tenet director added that once the coronavirus pandemic finally passes, people around the world will seek to reconnect with others. Therefore, Christopher Nolan argued that the demand for new films could result in a boost to the economy that workers in the industry will need:
“When this crisis passes, the need for collective human engagement, the need to live and love and laugh and cry together,will be more powerful than ever. The combination of that pent-up demand and the promise of new movies could boost local economies and contribute billions to our national economy. We don’t just owe it to the 150,000 workers of this great American industry to include them in those we help, we owe it to ourselves. We need what movies can offer us.”
Christopher Nolan added that he has realized the moviegoing experience was more about the “desire to be together” as opposed to the snacks, top-quality sound, or any of the other benefits offered by the theaters, writing, “We were there for each other.”
Full plot details on Tenet are currently under wraps, though Warner Bros. officially describes the film as “an action epic evolving from the world of international espionage.” Production on Christopher Nolan’s Tenet took place across seven countries.
Written and directed by Christopher Nolan, Tenet stars John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Dimple Kapadia, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Clémence Poésy, Michael Caine, Kenneth Branagh, and Himesh Patel. Christopher Nolan also serves as a producer alongside his wife Emma Thomas, with Thomas Hayslip on board as an executive producer.
Tenet will be released in theaters on July 17, 2020.
Source: The Washington Post