Date: 5th September 2003
A low budget British film from the writer of The Full Monty is the first in the world to be given a premiere on the internet.
This Is Not A Love Song is a gritty Deliverance-style film shot in less than a fortnight.
The thriller will be streamed online today, as well as simultaneously being shown in a handful of cinemas.
It stars David Bradley - best known for his roles in Our Friends In The North and as Argus Filch in the Harry Potter films - and John Henshaw from BBC2's The Cops and Early Doors.
British movie bosses are keen to see how much interest there is in watching movies on the Internet as it could become a way of making them more widely screened.
A spokesman for the UK Film Council which funded the movie - made for under £500,000 - said: "We are keen to use it as a test bed now the technology is there."
The cat and mouse film sees two fugitives on the run from a group of vigilante farmers after an accidental killing on a remote farm.
Simon Beaufoy, who created The Full Monty, wrote the screenplay in a matter of days and it was shot in just 12 days.
Director Bille Eltringham shot the film digitally rather than using film, a technique used on recent hit the apocalyptic 28 Days Later, which has become one of the UK's biggest hits in the US.
It will be premiered at the film's website and will be streamed and available for download. It will be simultaneously screened at the following cinemas: The Watershed, Bristol; The Cornerhouse, Manchester; The Showroom, Sheffield; The Other Cinema, London.
Source: Press Release