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- Actor Brian Cox is currently presenting his film The Escapist with Damian Lewis at the Nairn Film Festival in Scotland and spoke to The Independent about the challenges of finding distribution and for small-budget, independent films; Cox said of The Escapist:
“It did very well [at film festivals], but we have no distribution,” Cox said. “I am trying to get it seen by more than two people and a dog. I think it is very hard to work at the level we work at making these independent films and not to have recognition.”
Cox has discussed the problem with Nairn festival co-organisers Mark Cousins and Swinton, who is part-funding the eight-and-a-half day Ballerina Ballroom alternative film festival. “I think people do want to see films, but it is tough,” Cox said. “One time in this town… in one day, Pirates of the Caribbean was played 52 times. A small independent movie played up against that doesn’t have a chance.
“There is an inequity, a lack of fairness. Film festivals take up the slack but the cinema I grew up with and love is a cinema of films that were visceral and touched the heart… I’m not knocking it, because I earn my living doing it, but I want a reasonable platform to show the work which I consider to be my best work.
“It is these little festivals that reignite everything. What is lacking is cinema-going as a community activity…. We are too busy flogging it, making the bucks, as opposed to thinking about what the thing is.”
The Escapist will be released on region 2 DVD in the UK on October 13th.