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Preview by: Jack Foley

HE MAY be best known for cool films such as Ocean's 11, 12 and Erin Brockovich, but Steven Soderbergh is a director who is tireless in his ambition to push cinema forward.

Earlier this year, for instance, the Section Eight production company he co-owns with George Clooney signed a radical deal to provide finance for six films to be shot on hi-def video and released simultaneously in American movie theatres, on DVD and on television.

Bubble is the first of these, written and directed by Soderbergh himself and shot with a cast of non-professionals and a verité feel.

 

It promises to become one of the more interesting films of the London Film Festival, due to its innovative techniques and the way in which it seeks to tackle the onset of change within the movie industry (especially as piracy continues to become its biggest threat).

The film is set in blue collar Ohio and follows Martha and Kyle, two workers at the local doll factory, who are best buddies.

When an attractive young woman joins the production line, Martha sees her friend falling for the newcomer's more obvious charms, leading to plenty of twists and surprises.

The London Film Festival website credits Bubble with being primarily a murder mystery, that also functions as 'a very fine piece of social observation, showing the lives of American people just getting by'.

The characters, as we have come to expect from a Soderbergh movie, are richly defined but thanks to the shooting technique, actually feel like real people.

It remains to be seen what festival-goers will make of it when the film plays on October 26 and 29.

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