Dark Fibre is an info noir set in Bangalore that deliberately collides documentary and fiction. The film takes the real life of a cable wallah whose job – connecting and disconnecting, wiring and re-wiring all sorts of data networks – brings him in daily contact with many facets of this new information city. The film juxtaposes the dream of the city as India’s ‘silicon valley’ alongside the everyday life of its underclass.
Dark Fibre brings actors face to face with documentary subjects and places, both in real and concocted situations. It combines scripted elements with captured realities to create a rich, unpredictable action.
The film will be distributed in segments available to P2P networks. Each will unfold part of the story but the final part will only be available by watching the whole film, a feature that will initially be available to pre-subscribers who have enjoyed the series, film festival goers and traditional distributors. By releasing in this way, Dark Fibre builds a buzz and raises money online before realising further commercial potential in partnership with distributors.
The film is currently in post-production.
In 2006/2007 Jamie produced and directed the Steal This Film series which examined the consequences of file sharing and digital distribution for creative production.
Shared online via networks such as The Pirate Bay, Steal The Film has been downloaded over 4 million times, making it one of the most downloaded documentary films in history.
The director made Republic of Soya, an investigation into patenting of life forms and food production through a case study in South America. The first part of the project, Monsanto vs. Argentina, was screened at the United Nations in September 2008. Continuing to explore how digital distribution networks change what we can create, King is now examining the possibility of film fictions designed with an initial and primary life in P2P and file sharing communities. Dark Fibre is the first work of this kind.