More on Pirates

For many weeks of interviews in the UK and the US about RAGE I took a line of ‘welcome the pirates’. It was a useful, energised and relaxing way of thinking compared to the defensive stance mostly current in the film industry, itself based on a growing fear of bankruptcy….the end of independent cinema in particular as we know it.

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Very Bad Pirates

A couple of years ago a young man with impeccable political principles boasted to me, quite innocently, that he had managed to download all my films for free on the internet. On close questioning it became evident that he had not thought through the implications of this for me and all the others who had worked with me (many of whom, on some of the films, had been paid very little or, like me, had deferred their fees and were therefore dependent on ticket and DVD sales to get paid for their labours).

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The Box

We had the NYC premiere of RAGE at ‘The Box’, a downtown club and historic architectural gem that has something of the feel of a Wild West bar and brothel, with an upper gallery, dim lighting, private booths and a racy reputation.

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