Technology hasn’t really changed storytelling much: Director Michael Winterbottom

Kolkata, Nov 11 (IANS) Acclaimed British filmmaker Michael Winterbottom feels technology hasn’t really changed storytelling that much. The “A Mighty Heart” maker says although now anyone can make films, the challenge lies in getting people to watch them.

“Now anyone can make a film. That’s great… its hard to get people to watch them, that’s the problem,” he told the media at the 23rd Kolkata International Film Festival where a retrospective of his films are being screened till November 17.

Known for intense films like “Welcome to Sarajevo”, “Trishna” and “The Road to Guantanamo”, Winterbottom observed the number of first-time films has grown but developing subsequent ventures has got tougher.

“Things have changed (with technology) (but) I don’t know how much difference it really makes to the way you work…. I don’t think technology changes filmmaking that much… what has changed is that… the number of first time films has grown a lot but making second-time films or third time films has got harder ..that aspect in the industry has changed.. its hard to get their attention,” he said.

The Golden Bear recipient’s latest outing is rockumentary “On The Road” which takes an intimate look at life on the road for the indie band Wolf Alice and its crew as they tour Britain.

The 56-year-old says he inserted two other fictitious crew members in the film.

“Its from the point of view of those two crew members. It follows the energy and excitement of being in a band,” he added.

Britain is the theme country at the KIFF in commemoration of the UK-India Year of Culture 2017.

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