Little pictures, big trouble

No one ever said the meek shall inherit the movie industry. But as Hollywood's blockbuster films continue to soar critically and rewrite box-office records in 2008, the American independent sector is on life support.

The factors that were meant to boost independents - including new private equity investment, the relative accessibility of digital filmmaking and studio investment through specialty arms - have done nothing of the sort.

The festival circuit this year has yet to identify an art-house or independent break-out hit. David Stratton describes last week's Venice film festival as "the most disappointing program in many years".

(The Australian)

Film Business, Film Festival, Hollywood

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