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Readers' reviews: today's microbudget movies, and Ryan Adams rebooted

29 September 2011 4:06 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

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Twenty years ago, a pair of films – Slacker and Straight Out of Brooklyn – began a brief and bright boom time for microbudget film-making, when several films seemingly costing peanuts and paid for on credit cards became sizable commercial hits. Last week, Ryan Gilbey set about finding what had become of that first wave of microbudget directors.

Since Ryan had answered his own question, the readers embarked on a wider discussion of the microbudget phenomenon. "The new wave are making films on smartphones, particularly the iPhone 4 and Nokia N8," wrote smartmoviemaker. "Park Chan-Wook, director of Oldboy, made Paranmanjang entirely on an iPhone 4 and it was shown in South Korean cinemas … Britain's McHenry Brothers, who made the spoof Jackboots on Whitehall last year, made a short on a Nokia N8 called The Commuter, starring Pamela Anderson."

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- Michael Hann

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