"The level of our success is limited only by our imagination and no act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted." - Aesop
The summer of 2016 so far has been dominated by world events and a sense of impending doom. Sometimes the supposed superficiality of my world makes me stop and think; am I really making the best use of my life, my time, my energy?
So I read, I investigate and I think. And the more information I get, the more I realise what an important part of a functioning society the Arts are. There is a strong sense of disengagement from culture and film especially in Spain where the Arts seem to be being increasingly side-lined by the current government policies. And somehow I believe that many of our current social problems and general lack of joy are due to the fact that we are living in an age where the Arts are not being given their due respect and attention. A society with a strong inclusive cultural life is far happier and less fragmented than one without.
I have spent the last 5 years trying to get actors to go to the cinema and support Spanish and/or Catalan films. This has not been very successful. The most common response when I ask actors if they have seen the latest national production is normally an embarrassed shrug of the shoulders. On the other hand, I am delighted by how many actors are supporting each other by going to see Micro teatre.
AISGE’S recent study saying that 54% of actors haven’t worked even one day as an actor between 2014 and 2016 provoked a number of debates on social media. There were the usual complaints about how unfair the profession is, how only the same people work, etc etc. Nobody seemed to think about what we can to support the industry or to improve it.
If you are an actor, please ask yourself the question: if you don’t support your own industry, how can you expect it to provide employment for you?
So now I am going to try another tack in my one-woman attempt to encourage cinema attendance. An investigative study found that frequent cinema attendees have particularly low mortality risks –those who never attended the cinema had mortality rates nearly 4 times higher than those who visit the cinema at least occasionally (THE LONG-TERM BENEFITS OF PARTICIPATING IN THE ARTS - Konlaan, Bygren, and Johansson 2000).
So not only do I recommend that you actually go to the cinema so that our industry prospers but also so that you live longer!!