Cannes Film Festival accuses social media of wrecking premieres

Before, that is, the festival was “blown to bits” by the rise and rise of the social media critic. The organisers of Cannes have made the first major changes to the festival in decades, insisting they must move to protect filmmakers and actors from the indignity of knowing their film has received a one-star drubbing before they set foot in the official premiere. For the stars of the Cannes Film Festival it is the biggest moment of their year, as they step out on the red carpet to celebrate the global premiere of their long-awaited film. Saying social media had left opinions about films flying around the world as “confetti-like strips of rumours”, they claim it is ruining the festival experience…

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