BIZ: British Dot-coms Open Doors for Independents

Lisa Russell

(indieWIRE/ 11.29.00) -- Being online in the UK is not very easy. There are no ISDN or DSL lines in homes -- making cyber-surfing painfully slow -- and for every minute the phone line is engaged, there is a charge of 10p, which equates to about 15 cents. So why are UK filmmakers suddenly looking to the World Wide Web as a resource for developing their work?

Consider their options. Theatrical distribution outlets are few and far between. With only 2,700 or so theaters in-country (compared with 31,000 plus in the States) and an industry that highly favors U.S. productions (it occupied 85% of the UK market last year), many filmmakers are finding few options to get their work seen