The Story of Film is a new generation’s view of cinema. The traditionalist purists will be horrified. The progressive, the eclectic purists will also be horrified. This is not really news. The emergence of film-making technologies such as HDTV and LCD and the boom in online movie distribution and marketing have been in the backdrop of this transformation for quite some time.
The emergence of the internet age and its ability to bypass the traditional two-tier gatekeepers of the cinema and directly go to the consumer has, in fact, contributed to this transformation. The result has been more viewers, more movies and more stories being made available directly to the masses. The Story of Film does not shy away from taking on these new ways of viewing and portrays them in the clearest of terms. This is an essential DVD for the new generation viewing public.
Set against the backdrop of the rise of the internet, the production company headed by Simon Beaufroy launches an epic tale of greed and power, betrayal and conspiracy, love and infidelity and the ultimate battle between good and evil in the modern era of global politics and corporate greed. The story follows the footsteps of Martin Bishop (Ossie Davis), a British industrialist who absconds with his company’s profits during the worldwide recession of the late eighties. His accomplice is a man called Richard (James Brolin) who tries to help him get back but their quest for money leads them across the continent, from Britain to the United States and beyond, to places where cinema is almost extinct – only the big budget Hollywood films are still made. In doing so, The Story of Film: A New Generation renders its own film festival.
The Movie is not just a celebration of film-making. It is also a polemic on the dangers that consuming mass media can impose on society. Beaufroy and company are not afraid of using explicit language and they may have some crude humor in their movies. They take a good look at the perils inherent in watching movies and they make a number of disturbing points. The story is also entertaining as a character-driven drama and it contains a number of laugh-out-loud surprises and ingenious plot twists. The film has an unusually dark and twisty storyline that at one point, will leave you craving for more of what the movie had to offer.
In this sense, The Story of Film: A New Generation is more of a personal coming-of-age film than a mainstream entertainment title, but many people will find it to be a highly entertaining and intelligent film. The plot is engaging and the characters intriguing. The message is important, as it speaks about accepting cinema as an art form and the impact of the digital revolution on cinema itself. It also speaks about the dangers we face when consuming mass media and the need for a new generation to take charge and make their own mark in the industry.
The Story of Film: A New Generation marks the first attempt by independent filmmakers to achieve success with big budget movies. This is a great opportunity for new filmmakers to get their movies screened in the international film festival circuit and to show them in the best possible light. It is rare to find successful movies shot on a small budget, and there are very few big names attached to these projects. This means that independent cinema is on the rise and that audiences are more open to seeing independent movies than ever before. Overall, this is a good thing as it means that independent films will continue to grow in popularity until the mass audience for mainstream cinema films begins to dwindle again. As a result, the independent film industry will continue to flourish.