Friday 19 April 2019

TV taking over from film, says Spacey

Actor Kevin Spacey gave the keynote speech at Edinburgh Television Festival.
Actor Kevin Spacey gave the keynote speech at Edinburgh Television Festival.

Jill Lawless

Actor Kevin Spacey says TV has overtaken cinema as the home of quality, character-driven drama, but the industry risks failure if it doesn't recognise that viewers want control over what they watch, and when.

Spacey told the Edinburgh International Television Festival that the success of his political thriller 'House of Cards' – released on video-streaming service Netflix earlier this year – showed that viewers "want freedom".

Spacey is the first actor invited to deliver the festival's keynote speech.

"Frankly, 15 years ago I wouldn't have been up here because my agent would never have allowed me to even consider being on a TV series after winning an Oscar," said Spacey.

He said shows such as 'The Wire' and 'Breaking Bad' proved TV had taken over from the movies in terms of sophisticated storytelling.

"We no longer live in a world of appointment viewing," he said.

Spacey said the success of 'House of Cards' "demonstrated that we have learned the lesson that the music industry didn't learn – give people what they want, when they want it, in the form they want it in, at a reasonable price, and they'll more likely pay for it rather than steal it."

Irish Independent

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