After reading the past blog on the Sony fire, film maker pal Simon Cox commented on Facebook ‘Thank god they didn’t hold the masters…’ And I have to admit it stopped me dead in my tracks. The riots REALLY served to highlight just how quickly one could loose everything. Computers and technology can always be […]
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Channel Four News comes to visit me…
On Friday, Channel Four news came to interview me about the impact of the Sony Warehouse fire on the indie film business. You can watch that interview above. I really do believe that this fire is a tipping point for DVD. It’s not just indie films that will disappear from UK distribution, but many old […]
Will British Film Rise Like A Phoenix From The Sony Warehouse Fire?
Guest blogger David Wilkinson of UK Distribution outfit Guerilla Films, tells us about the longer term impacts of the riots and the fire at the Sony distribution warehouse. What was I to do with 1,400 DVD’s of RABBIT ON THE MOON a British/ Mexican co-production that were only selling 4-5 copies per year? I asked […]
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 […]
Ealing Riots… Am I In A Movie?
I awoke today having only had four hours sleep. I immediately turned on the TV to see the roads outside my studios office transformed into some kind of battleground. The whole Living Spirit team was told to stay home today, and later in the day I got a text from Stephen Follows saying ‘The studios […]
Ealing Riots… is this really my home town?
It’s 3am and I am finding it hard to sleep. That’s because my home town, Ealing, is under siege right now. I am watching videos from Youtube (above), the BBC and Twitter pictures in disbelief at what a group of disorganised but opportunistic kids can do in just one night. I had been away but […]