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.
“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.
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.