The revival of independent film
Scripts, not effects
Independent films are at last recovering from the slump
I’m bored with the radio. Let’s go to the cinema
THE Toronto film festival, which ends this week, marks the start of the serious-film season. Out—at least until
Thanksgiving, in late November—go the superhero spectaculars. In come the foreign films and the dining-room dramas. The autumn crop is far more prone to failure than the summer one. But highbrow films now come with higher hopes.
For the past few years the independent film business has resembled a low-budget horror movie. Outside financing was brutally killed in 2008, as banks stopped lending. Three of the six major studios axed subsidiaries that had specialised in buying independent films. Consumers struck another blow by switching from buying DVDs to renting them.