Ahead of the release of Netflix’s forthcoming Original Film THE MIDNIGHT SKY, which releases on December 23rd, a new Film Club plan has been announced. This amazing initiative, is a partnership with WaveLength, the UK’s leading loneliness charity who provide those most in need with technology to facilitate and inspire meaningful connections with others.
What is so cool is that this was inspired by THE MIDNIGHT SKY, which sees George Clooney direct and star as a solitary scientist in a post-apocalyptic world. The partnership will see Netflix donate tablet computers to support WaveLength’s important work and launch a new monthly Film Club, giving beneficiaries the opportunity to come together virtually in a relaxed and sociable environment and connect with others through the power of film.
THE MIDNIGHT SKY is a post-apocalyptic tale that follows Augustine (George Clooney), a lonely scientist in the Arctic, as he races to stop Sully (Felicity Jones) and her fellow astronauts from returning home to a mysterious global catastrophe. Clooney directs the adaptation of Lily Brooks-Dalton’s acclaimed novel Good Morning, Midnight, co-starring David Oyelowo, Kyle Chandler, Demián Bichir and Tiffany Boone.
“Research estimates that over 9 million in the UK are lonely at any given time” says WaveLength CEO Timothy Leech. “Our research with the University of York shows for those who are isolated, technology offers a valuable and life-changing window into the world, breaking the silence which many lonely people live with on a daily basis. We rely on donations from supporters to carry the vital work we do, especially at this time when loneliness and isolation is so high. We are thrilled to launch this new Film Club with Netflix and hope it will have a meaningful impact on our beneficiaries’ lives.”
Hosted by BBC Radio 1 film critic Ali Plumb, the “Netflix x WaveLength Film Club” will launch in the new year, kicking off with THE MIDNIGHT SKY, and include a mixture of new releases and classic films available on Netflix over the coming months.
“Film has always been a passion of mine, not only for the escapism and entertainment it provides, but also for the joy I feel when sharing films and stories with others, both on the radio and at home.” Says Ali Plumb, “I’m really excited to be a part of this film club and to share my passion with a new set of Wavelength friends.”
Wavelength help people who have become lonely through lots of different circumstances. Some of these include: age; the death of a loved one; poor physical or mental health; disability; homelessness; domestic abuse; becoming a refugee or moving away from friends and family. We rely on donations from supporters to fulfil the needs of our beneficiaries. To continue fighting loneliness and making an impact on people’s lives, we ask supporters to please give today.
To make a donation, visit https://www.justgiving.com/wavel
For further information on WaveLength visit https://wavelength.org.uk/
The Midnight Sky will be released globally on Netflix on December 23rd