Top marks for effort in trying to translate internet chat rooms onto the screen.
It did take me quite a while to adjust to the visual interpretations of online cyberworld chatting but having said that, it was very cleverly done if a bit stagy. Despite the surrealistic online interpretation, this was first and foremost a dark teenage drama that quite effectively highlights the dangerous mental traps that socially withdrawn youngsters can face online in real life.
Now that we have marked out our territory, built a Palace and furnished it, it is time to invite in our neighbours: digital aritsts in the non-Native world.
Online chat may address point-to-point communications as well as multicast communications from one sender to many receivers and voice and video chat, or may be a feature of a web conferencing service.
Also, this being a British Film Four production, it feels so, and you wont find any money spent on special effects apart from a change of wallpaper in the chat rooms.
Overall though, this is a very good thought provoking film with decent performances from the young cast.
With its allusions to royalty, colonialism and hierarchy, it can sometimes be a problematic name to a bunch of Indians who are trying to stake a claim in the territory of cyberspace.
Notwithstanding the fact that the software was named by a corporate entity with objectives very different from ours, the word is an apt metaphor for a multifunctional site that can continually expand (or abruptly contract) according to the artists desire.