The celebrated filmmaker Jane Campion is suggesting that Netflix’s much-discussed subscriber loss will herald a shift in its film production slate.
There’s been a lot of chatter about how Netflix’s widely reported struggles may impact what we see on our screens moving forwards. One idea that’s been discussed is how we might see less of the auteur-type films that drove so much of Netflix’s production strategy just a few years ago, when the platform was throwing lots of money at celebrated directors like Martin Scorsese and Alfonso Cuarón to make passion projects like The Irishman and Roma.
Jane Campion, another director who falls into that category, was able to make a celebrated film in that mou;d with The Power of the Dog, but she thinks that the days of getting projects like that made at Netflix might be numbered, at least for filmmakers who haven’t yet established a connection with the company. Speaking to the BBC, Campion said it whilst she doesn’t think it “would be hard for me if I wanted to do something because I’ve established a relationship and they’re incredibly loyal.”
With that said, Campion added that “I do think they’re going to be more picky about other projects or, maybe, what’s sad is not taking risks on people without names.”
Campion’s comments make sense, especially in the context of Netflix cutting jobs and reining in budgets. There’s been a sense of late that its film production arm may be looking for more commercial fare moving forwards, aligning with more traditional studios to make fewer movies that are bigger in scale. What that means for up and coming filmmakers remains to be seen, but one way or another, emerging filmmakers will continue to find new methods of getting their films in front of audiences.
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