Acclaimed British film-maker Mike Leigh has hailed the success of the DVD format as the saviour of niche cinema - rather than its slayer.

The Vera Drake director credits DVD with prolonging an independent movie's lifespan and increasing the variety of work on offer to film fans, without reducing cinema audiences.

He says, "I think DVD is good news. It's not replacing screenings, it's just making films more permanently available whereas before they'd have a short run and then nothing.

"DVD is disseminating all kinds of cinema, extending films' life into infinity."

13/04/2005 21:17