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July 11, 2006

Film4 goes free from 23rd July

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Channel 4’s film channel, Film4, will relaunch as a free service on Sunday 23rd July at 9pm, with the free-to-air premiere of Sofia Coppola’s Oscar-winning film, Lost in Translation (2003), starring Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson.

The channel will screen a mix of major Hollywood films with great British films, both new and old, alongside timeless classics and cult favourites.

Film4 is relaunching with a continuing commitment to showcasing British films and filmmakers, with one in four of all films transmitting on the channel coming from the UK. On launch night, following Lost in Translation, the highly acclaimed British gangster film and FilmFour production, Sexy Beast, is scheduled to lead the roll out of home grown films.

The new free-to-air Film4 has secured carriage on all major digital TV platforms, including BSkyB’s Freesat, meaning that some 18 million digital TV homes will be able to receive Film4 from day one, at no extra cost, making it the UK’s biggest film channel.

The new channel, which joins Channel 4, E4 and More4 on the Freeview platform, replaces existing subscription channel, FilmFour, which final day of transmission is 19th July.

Source: Film4 

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