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British digital film gets its first number one box office hit

By Mark Cousins   December 2002

A British film recently hit the jackpot at the British box office-a glimmer of hope for a crestfallen industry. The film was shot entirely on cheap digital video cameras, a first for a box office number one. Two of the biggest movie debates in this country-the viability of British cinema and the effect of the digital revolution-have been forced into focus. The critics were sniffy about 28 Days Later, and that is part of its fascination.

Suddenly, “e-cinema” is mainstream. More film-makers are shooting on video to create electronic movies, mostly in the dominant form of digital (encoded in zeros…

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