Where can you get information about film? Where
do you think most people go to get information? How
diverse are these sources?
Information about films can be found in various sources. Physical
sources enlist as;
Magazines e.g. Little White Lies, British Film Magazine, Neon
Newspapers e.g. The Guardian, The Metro
Internet; where you can find and read other peoples opinions
on such sites like Yahoo.com and OpinonPoll.com
There are professional sites that specialise in given heavily
detailed information about said film(s). For example, IMDb,
If there are lots of sources of information who buys
As the years have passed on lovers of the hardback magazines
have clearly lost interest with the issue of the purchasing of
printed magazine being a hot topic. Resulting to magazine
companies narrowing their target audience in order to sustain
momentum. This can be seen with Little White Lies whom are
specially targeted at middle-class individuals who have a sweet
tooth for the artistic side to films.
Irrespective to the fact that multiple film magazine still sell
hardback copies such as The Empire, Rotten Tomatoes. They
have now also allowed their readers to purchase an online
subscription. Which can be seen as the big companies getting
ready to pursue their company online and scraping their print
History of film magazines
1. Film magazines first started off as cinematography and bio
scope magazine. Which was seen as being more of a trade
paper rather than a magazine. This paper informed and
discussed issues and developments within the film industry
from around the 1900s.
2. Another trade paper called „The Kinematograph and
Lantern Weekly‟ started in 1907 and focused on business
developments in the world of cinema, whilst providing short
reviews of current features.
3. Variety originally printed trade papers in 1905 but when the
magazine business got popular they decided to make
magazines, now the publication exists in many forms
including a website. Variety used unique words in their
articles which have been copied by many journalists in their
reviews of films.
4. Picture goer was one of the earliest consumer magazine
about film, running from 1913 to 1960. This magazine posted
articles about “How to get a job in Hollywood” and other things
which the public would find interesting and exciting.
5. Empire is the leading film magazine in the UK today,
although it has only been around from 1989 to the present day
it has had huge success, giving the audience insight into film
stars lives, various film facts and reviews of upcoming and
recently released films.
6. Hotdog was a short lived publication running from 2000 to
2006. It offered similar content to Total film, which put a quirkier
edge on mainstream movies. They also introduced a concept
called movie maths: “Se7en + Marilyn Manson x The Wizard of
Oz = Charlie And The Chocolate Factory.”
How many different film magazines are published in the UK?
There are around 400 film magazine companies in the UK. This
is accounting for 2,300 consumers.
How popular are film magazines? Which are most successful?
Although film magazine are still being purchased there is still the
issue that film magazines are in decline. Resulting to companies
selling copies through online known as subscription. Empire,
How Important are online publications?
Online publication is now important due to the market vastly
growing and now with big magazine names jumping on the
bandwagon in inevitably shows how important online publication
is as more people are purchasing an online subscription