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PM Slammed For Demanding More Hit Brit Flicks

Post by Guest on Wed Jan 11, 2012 8:07 pm

43pm UK, Wednesday January 11, 2012
The Prime Minister has been attacked by film makers and critics after urging the UK film industry to produce more mainstream movies.

A forthcoming review on Government funding policy which is expected to recommend more Lottery money for independent pictures with big potential.
The moment British films try to imitate mainstream Hollywood fare is the moment that they become totally irrelevant.
Olivia Cole, GQ magazine's literary editor
David Cameron signalled he wants producers to get more help to generate "commercially successful" pictures that do not have to be bankrolled by Hollywood studios.
A review by Lord Smith, Labour's former culture secretary, is expected to recommend the development of an export strategy for UK film expertise.
But Mr Cameron's words have sparked anger from an industry struggling under the double blow of Arts Council grant cuts and the abolition of the UK Film Council in 2010.
Film maker Johnny Daukes, who wrote and directed his first feature film Acts of Godfrey, said Mr Cameron's comments were "idiotic... like re-arranging the deckchairs on the Titanic.
"Nobody can predict what is going to be a success, the danger of going down that path is you end up trying to imitate other successful films rather than creating something new and distinct.


"What we need is money to be invested in a UK distribution system like the French model, creating an attractive market for investors."
Mr Daukes said when he approached the UK Film Council for help in making his film three years ago he was told it could not be supported because it was not a commercial proposition.
"Of course hard decisions have to be made but in spite of that we were premiered at Raindance, nominated for a BIFA and are enjoying a limited release later this month.
"Possibly some investment could have been granted to Acts of Godfrey instead of...say... Lesbian Vampire Killers?"
GQ magazine's literary editor Olivia Cole said: "I find Cameron's comments particularly crass at the start of the awards season with the Bafta long lists out and the Golden Globes at the weekend, where British film punches far far above its weight with films like Steve McQueen's Shame, My Week With Marilyn by first-time Brit director Simon Curtis, as well as the Iron Lady.
"The moment British films try to imitate mainstream Hollywood fare is the moment that they become totally irrelevant."
Oscar-winning screenwriter Julian Fellowes added: "The key to building a dynamic industry will always lie in film's relationship with the audience.
"That was all too often neglected in publicly funded movies of the past.
"In a nutshell, we need to make films that people want to see, and the audience for home-grown films will increase as we support a much broader range."
Last year's Oscar-winner The King's Speech, starring Colin Firth, has taken around £250m at the box office worldwide, making it the UK's highest grossing independent film of all time.
Its budget is thought to have been £9m.

Man is a complete berk

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Re: PM Slammed For Demanding More Hit Brit Flicks

Post by Guest on Wed Jan 11, 2012 8:31 pm

I think that berks would be very cross if we thought he had as much sense as them!

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Re: PM Slammed For Demanding More Hit Brit Flicks

Post by Guest on Thu Jan 12, 2012 8:31 am

sassy1261 wrote:I think that berks would be very cross if we thought he had as much sense as them!

lol!

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