English Riviera Film Night at the Torbay Apollo has been cancelled after the cinema caved to pressure from Animal Rights activists who claimed one of the actors in one of the films had been involved in a case of animal cruelty.
The cinema was threatened with a demonstration when it emerged that the film Sod’s Law by Elliot G Montello included an actor who was allegedly involved in a case of animal cruelty in Teignmouth.
Organiser John Tomkins said a group sent emails to the cinema threatening to go to the press and even boycott the cinema. He said, quite rightly the event has been pulled. I am disgusted that it was not brought to my attention earlier and would have pulled the film if I had known. I do understand the cinema’s perspective as well, being a business they do not want this kind of bad publicity and nor do I.
“The event was supposed to be a celebration of film in this area,” said John. “I wanted to try to bring the film community together.”
Apparently, the Apollo still wants to support local film, and will continue to do so sometime in the future.
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