Empire publishes 30 split covers

Bauer Media’s film magazine Empire is to publish 30 split covers for its September 2019 issue in celebration of its 30th anniversary year.

Empire publishes 30 split covers
Terri White: “What a 30 years it’s been, for both us and for cinema.”

The 30 covers – a different one for each year of publication from 1989 to 2018 - feature Empire’s pick of the 30 iconic films of the last three decades.

The 30 covers celebrate many masterpieces, including blockbusters and indies, that have joined the movie pantheon during Empire’s lifetime, say the publishers. Over 30 pages of the magazine feature these film favourites, chosen by the team at Empire for a mixture of commercial success, cinematic significance, cultural significance and impact on the Empire audience. Empire has interviewed those who made the films afresh and dug out from the archives the magazine’s original interviews and set visits from the time they were first featured.

Commenting on the 30th Anniversary covers, Editor-in-chief Terri White said: “How do you sum up 30 years of cinema and 30 years of Empire? It turns out it took several rows, a few sulks and the odd impassioned plea for the Empire team to agree on the 30 films that should grace our covers – just one from each year. Even at a glance, it’s a story of how film has evolved, starting with Tim Burton’s Batman journeying through Toy Story, The Matrix, Spirited Away, Avatar, Gravity and ending on Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther. What a 30 years it’s been, for both us and for cinema.”

The full list of covers:

    1989 – Batman

    1990 - Goodfellas

    1991 – Terminator 2

    1992 – Reservoir Dogs

    1993 – Jurassic Park

    1994 – Shawshank Redemption

    1995 – Toy Story

    1996 – Scream

    1997 – Titanic

    1998 – Blade

    1999 – The Matrix

    2000 – American Psycho

    2001 – Fellowship Of The Ring

    2002 – Spirited Away

    2003 – Lost in Translation

    2004 – Shaun Of The Dead

    2005 – Brokeback Mountain

    2006 – Pans Labyrinth

    2007 – No County for Old Men

    2008 – The Dark Knight

    2009 - Avatar

    2010 – Inception

    2011 – Bridesmaids

    2012 – Avengers Assemble

    2013 – Gravity

    2014 – Whiplash

    2015 – Mad Max Fury Road

    2016 – Moonlight

    2017 – Get Out

    2018 – Black Panther

Subscribers to Empire had the chance to vote for their favourite cover, and they voted overwhelmingly for The Shawshank Redemption.

The birthday September issues featuring all 30 covers will be available on newsstand from Thursday 8 August but film fans who can’t wait will be able to buy their favourite issues priced £4.99 each via Great Magazines from Friday 2 August. Readers wanting to collect multiple covers will be able to get 25% off the cover price if they purchase five or more issues.

Empire has been celebrating its 30th birthday since January when it announced its list of the 30 Most Adventurous Filmmakers Of Our Lifetime comprised of men and women who have taken risks, made incredible cinema and been vital in evolving the medium of film. The magazine has already celebrated legendary filmakers James Cameron, Edgar Wright, Jordan Peele, Quentin Tarantino, Taika Waititi, Danny Boyle, Christopher McQuarrie and Peter Jackson with more greats set to feature each month until the end of the birthday year, says Bauer Media.