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01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 Chapter 5: Specialised films – 51 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 Figure 5.1 Specialised films, 2001-2013, percentage of releases and market share % 80 70 60 50 40 30 20 10 0 Specialised films as % of total releases 58.2 58.0 50.5 55.4 55.7 58.8 64.4 66.6 68.8 63.6 61.8 66.8 63.9 Market share of specialied films (%) 5.9 6.4 5.1 9.8 6.5 8.5 8.0 8.2 15.2 6.3 16.4 12.1 9.5 Source: BFI RSU analysis of Rentrak data By sorting specialised films into four separate categories – documentaries, foreign language films, re-releases and others (films with a distinctive genre, hook or style) – we can better understand the patterns of specialised film distribution over time. As Figure 5.2 shows, there has been a steady increase in the number of theatrically released feature documentaries over the last 13 years – from a low point of four in 2001 to 89 in 2013. The number of foreign language films has also increased over the period, from a low of 96 releases in 2001 to a peak of 279 in 2013. The number of re-released films tracked by Rentrak was usually in the range 20 to 30 up to 2011, but then increased in 2012 and 2013. However, the numbers do not include all re-releases, particularly limited or one-off screenings often in independent cinemas. The increase in numbers of re-releases seen since 2011 may partly be explained by the expansion of digital distribution. Finally, the more subjective category of films with an innovative or unconventional approach, genre or style saw numbers decline from 86 in 2000 to a low of 20 in 2005 before rising again to a peak of 117 in 2009. There were 70 releases in this category in 2013.


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