Trent McCauley is sixteen, brilliant, and obsessed with one thing: making movies on his computer by reassembling footage from popular films he downloads from the net. In the dystopian near-future Britain where Trent is growing up, this is more illegal than ever; the punishment for being caught three times is that your entire household’s access to the internet is cut off for a year, with no appeal.

Trent’s too clever for that to happen. Except it does, and it nearly destroys his family. Shamed and shattered, Trent runs away to London, where slowly he learns the ways of staying alive on the streets. This brings him in touch with a demimonde of artists and activists who are trying to fight a new bill that will criminalize even more harmless internet creativity, making felons of millions of British citizens at a stroke.

Things look bad. Parliament is in power of a few wealthy media conglomerates. But the powers-that-be haven’t entirely reckoned with the power of a gripping movie to change people’s minds….

4 Responses to “About Pirate Cinema

  1. Callum Stonehouse

    Hey Mr Doctorow,
    I think that you are (as your now-British self might say) absolutely bloody fecking BRILLIANT!!!! I loved your books For The Win, Little Brother, Homeland and Pirate Cinema. Thanks for being so awesome, and I love your authorial (yes, that’s a word now) works. Anyway, I was just wondering if you were going to write a sequel to Pirate Cinema, or maybe a third Little Brother? If you weren’t already thinking/considering this, please do!!!!
    Thanks soooo much for taking the time to read my email.
    One of your biggest fans, Callum Wilson Stonehouse

  2. Louis

    I like the idea of providing this book for teen readers- an education in consideration of different people, as well as activism. None of the links in the e-book I downloaded were for Australians, so I ordered a copy from Book Depository for a P-12 (elementary to senior?) school I worked at last year in South West Melbourne (my primary students this year are a bit young). I’ll let the librarian know its coming- she’s a good sort who’ll pass on a recommendation to suitable young persons. Add some Australian stores and schools if you get a chance?

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