Babelgum and British prodco PRSNL have teamed up for the exclusive online and mobile release of docu-fiction film Dark Fibre. The feature, directed by Jamie King (Steal This Film) and Peter Mann, will be released as weekly episodes beginning November 16. The ‘fictional documentary’ mixes scripted fiction with ‘neo-realist observation’, featuring performances by Canadian doc director Peter Wintonick and Noam Chomsky, local actors and real-life cable wallahs in Bangalore. Alongside the episodic series will be three mini-docs about present-day sociopolitical background of Bangalore, which will all be used to virally promote the festival appearances and theatrical release of Dark Fibre in 2011. Eventually, the project will be available in a free-to-share BitTOrrent release with major P2P distributors like uTorrent and VODO. The multi-platform project is a coproduction between Babelgum, RomanRain Films, Arts Council of England, FACT (the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) and the Centre for Internet and Society.
- RS West ’18