Netflix has killed cinema-going experience, Dame Helen Mirren says

Dame Helen Mirren has hit out at Netflix for the “devastating” effect it has had on her director husband because she says it has ruined the cinema-going experience .

The Oscar-winning actress, 72, said media giants like the streaming service didn’t give viewers the “communal experience” of seeing blockbusters in cinemas .

“It’s devastating for people like my husband, film directors, because they want their movies to be watched in a cinema with a group of people,” she said.

© Provided by The Telegraph With her husband Taylor Hackford CREDIT: ANDREW H WALKER/REX FEATURES

“So it’s a communal thing.” Her husband is the American director Taylor Hackford.

Her remarks come as Netflix decided to withdraw its films from next month’s Cannes Film Festival.

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Speaking to the I newspaper, Dame Helen lamented how The Devil’s Advocate filmmaker was influenced by the controversial service – which caused ructions when science/fiction drama Okja was widely-panned at the festival last year.

This year, rules have changed so that films can only be shown at the festival if they have a theatrical release date.

Telegraph.co.uk

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