“Anyone can be a filmmaker. What’s really hard is to make a good, interesting film. A computer doesn’t help you write a better novel; writing in a notebook longhand is just as good.
“So technology can’t do the job for you, but it can make the medium more accessible to more people… Within a short time, I could get 30,000 people coming to my site, from countries where Rage doesn’t have distribution, and they’re talking to each other about the themes they relate to in it. That’s something that’s so new and extraordinary, really.”
Orlando director Sally Potter’s latest film, Rage, will be the first feature-length film to premiere on mobile phones. With an ensemble cast including Eddie Izzard, Judi Dench, Diane Wiest, Jude Law and Steve Buscemi, the first of seven episodes of the film will be streamed on Monday on Babelgum’s free mobile platform, across the US, UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain, with a new episode of the film every day. The mobile launch will be closely followed by the DVD launch, an interactive satellite premiere across a number of UK cinemas (including the British Film Institute) and a live-stream on Justin.tv.
Phew. How can one film work in so many formats? Netribution asked Suchandrika Chakrabarti to meet up with Potter and find out.