Many ambitious predictions have been made about the impact of the internet, and the investment of media moguls suggests something profound is taking place. But how much is real and how much is hype? Richard Harris finds that while the internet offers great opportunity for independent filmmakers, Australia must change its business model. So far the industry has managed to survive in a system in which required pre-selling of movies and TV programs has ensured profit only for the distributors. The shift to interactive digital technologies, ready to entertain us anytime, anywhere and with any device, is dismantling the whole structure. Harris calls for a review to re-examine the entire chain of production, from development to exhibition, and the place of commercial and public ownership within it.
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