If filesharers wanted to watch good, quality films – if they were “turning audiences onto independent cinema in record-breaking numbers”, then why are the same people not utilising the legal sites too? Because there is no value placed on the medium – and that is the problem. Films are products, they are art pieces – and whatever your disagreement is against the ever-increasing prices and consumerist-methods of sales – unfortunately, if we get into a position of accepting pirate filesharers as “members of a new kind of cinema: the cinema where you pay on the way out” then we are devaluing the art form we love. You don’t pay on the way out of Les Miserables. You don’t pay on the way out of the National Theatre. You don’t pay on the way out of the Pre-Raphelites exhibition at the Tate Britain. You don’t pay on the way out of a Coldplay concert.
There is one place you do pay afterwards – and that’s for buskers and street artists. And lets be honest, I rarely pay for them.