Blue Story: Rapman opens up on Vue banning his film

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As Blue Story heads into its second weekend, director Rapman has been questioning the reasoning behind Vue banning his film.

The story so far: after incidents around cinemas this past weekend, the Vue and Showcase chains pulled British filmmaker Rapman’s debut feature, Blue Story, from their screens. Showcase has since reinstated the movie, the Vue hold-out continues. In spite of this, the movie still managed to get to third place at the UK box office, with a very healthy £1.3m opening weekend.

Rapman – whose real name is Andrew Onwubolu – has now responded to the ban, and questioned the reasoning behind it. He took issue in particular with Vue saying there were numerous incidents at its sites this past weekend, questioning on BBC Breakfast “they say that there’s been a number of incidents, but where’s the proof? Where’s the evidence? Where?”

He added that “we live in a camera generation now. If anything happens, the youth are going to film that and you will see it. How come we haven’t seen any footage of the rest of these incidents? I feel like that was just something to say to cover their decision, which already wasn’t justified”.

He asked whether there were “hidden reasons” behind the ban.

Blue Story is playing in Odeon, Cineworld and Showcase chains as it heads into its second weekend. Vue will not be playing the movie.


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