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The end of FilmFour

By Mark Cousins   August 2002

The future of co-production between European and American film companies was the talk of Cannes this year. So was the question of whether people who make films should also sell them. The strategy of FilmFour, British filmmaker and seller, to produce bigger films with US partners had not paid off and the share price of the Franco-American Vivendi Universal was in free fall. FilmFour’s experiment as a British mini-studio was based on the Hollywood model. But now both the model and its imitator are in trouble.

The very idea of making and selling movies evolved in a Euro-American pas de…

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