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Web 'first' for Guantanamo film
Film director Michael Winterbottom
Michael Winterbottom's other credits include 24 Hour Party People
A film by British director Michael Winterbottom is to become the first international simultaneous cinema, DVD and online release, it is reported.

The Road To Guantanamo, to be premiered at Berlin Film Festival on Tuesday, will be shown on Channel 4 on 9 March, according to Screen Daily.

It will be released on the three other platforms the following day.

Steven Soderbergh's Bubble was released in the cinema, on TV and DVD at the same time on 27 January.

Suspects

But the film was not simultaneously shown on the internet.

Revolution Films, a venture between Winterbottom and film producer Andrew Eaton, are planning to show The Road To Guantanamo in up to 30 cinemas, and as many digital screens as possible.

A deal with a leading internet company is currently being finalised.

Steven Soderbergh
Steven Soderbergh tried a new approach to distribution with Bubble

"With a film like this that's starting with what would traditionally be the last outlet - a television broadcast - we thought it would be better to go with everything else at once," said Eaton.

The film, which was commissioned by Channel 4, tells the story of three British Muslims who travelled to a wedding in Pakistan and ended up as terrorist suspects at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp.

The Tipton Three were released from the camp in 2004.

The project cost 1.5m and was shot in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran.

Channel 4 decided to finance the film as a TV venture, aware that it would gain the project a great deal of momentum.

Winterbottom's other film credits include 24 Hour Party People, Welcome To Sarajevo and A Cock And Bull Story.


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