To screen a film publicly, you need two things: rights clearance and a print. Park Circus, founded in 2003 by Nick Varley and myself, was created to fill a frustrating gap.
We were both working in exhibition at the time, and saw how potentially excellent film seasons and programmes were being compromised by fuzzy rights and extremely poor quality (or non-existing) materials on many classic titles.
The first film we handled was What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?; the Bette Davis/Joan Crawford almighty cat-fight. Although Warner Bros had the rights, there was no easy access to materials. We licensed the film and produced new 35mm prints, enabling it to be shown back in cinemas once more.
Encouraged by the reaction, other titles followed, including Brief Encounter, The General and Kubrick’s Paths of Glory. All were subject to full re-issue treatment, with fresh artwork and a complete press campaign.
From the success of the initial Granada titles, we negotiated to represent their complete back catalogue for theatrical screenings, taking the bookings from cinemas and film festivals and managing their print storage and supply.