Why so few screens for Ilo Ilo?

Why so few screens for Ilo Ilo?

I read with sadness your article about the majority of local films not making it at the box office, in particular Ilo Ilo (Where Is The Audience?, Life!, Sept 11).

My husband and I saw the show last week and thought it was a gem. The issues the film tackled transcend culture.

Why did the film not get a wider release? It was neither released at Cathay nor Shaw (except for its cinema in Nex).

I later found out that it was screened only at GV cinemas. I do not know anything about distribution laws and rights that govern a film but why is a film that has created international interest and won accolades not released in all theatres in Singapore?

Annie Thompson

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