London arts venue the Barbican has launched its first streaming service while its cinemas remain closed due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
Cinema On Demand is a pay-per-view service and will host acclaimed international films, children’s titles and virtual Q&As. It has been supported the Mayor of London’s Culture at Risk business support fund (launched in response to the virus crisis) and the BFI Film Audience Network, using National Lottery money.
The streaming service will feature a rolling four-week programme of titles and events, and opens with films including Hlynur Pálmason’s A White, White Day; Matt Wolf’s documentary Spaceship Earth; a restoration of Nietzchka Keene’s 1990 feature The Juniper Tree; and Alvaro Delgado’s Retablo.
The arts venue, located within the City of London, has been closed since March 17. Parts of the complex, such as its art gallery, will reopen from July 13 but no date has yet been set for its three cinemas (two of which will not reopen until later this year due to refurbishment).