Screen test for 2021: reviving the film industry

After the long coronavirus hiatus, there’s a big backlog of blockbusters, dramas and arthouse efforts ready to go that should keep cinemas ticking over throughout the new year

Frances McDormand in Nomadland, one of the first big films of the year

Assuming that everything goes to plan, 2021 should be an unprecedented year at the cinema – if for no other reason than there are all the films we missed in 2020 to watch too.

Social distancing and facemasks are likely to remain a reality for the time being. With cinemas finally open again, however, audiences can look forward to rediscovering what we’ve all been missing: that big-screen magic you just can’t conjure up at home.