London Riots… the aftermath for film distribution

As the streets of Ealing return to normal, the longer term impact of the riots begin to show themselves. On TV, many of you will have seen a huge Sony warehouse burning to the ground. What you might not know is that was a distribution warehouse for DVD, BluRay and games. 25 million disks went up in smoke, including two of my movies, White Angel and Urban Ghost Story, as well as EXAM.

I have asked our distributor David Wilkinson to report more fully on why this is terrible new for film makers, and why we may well see some distributors go out of business.

The writing is on the wall though – I am pretty sure that the White Angel and Urban Ghost Story DVDs that I have on my office shelf will be the very last ones I will ever sell.

Onwards and upwards!

Chris Jones, Film Maker and Author


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