This week the new Tory-Lib Dem Government cut funds to the UK Film Council, set up in 2000 by the Labour Government as a non-departmental public body to develop and promote the film industry within the United Kingdom, films like Bend it Like Beckham, Gosford Park, Fish Tank or Sex Lives of the Potato Men, who will now invest? What is the state of the British Film Industry? Does the UK film industry have a future? How can we expect British Cinema to be able to compete and find new talents when the Tory-Lib Dem Government abolish a the only major player in the film industry in the UK?
Over the last ten year very few films were funded by the UK Film Council, only the elite of film producers and director had any access to funding from the UK Film Council, unless you were Mike Leigh, Danny Doyle the nepotism run deep within the UK film industry, it’s policies were mostly disastrous, staffed by mediocre slim-balls open in their contempt for the film makers who loved their jobs only for the inflated salaries, the organization was pompous, very lazy, slow and altogether partisan, and without critical insight or a commercial instinct, a lot of aspiring film makers will lose a livelihood that was quite frankly a struggle to begin with in this country, this news will encourage the already huge migration of anyone in the UK film industry to the United States, and seedy world of Los Angeles.
So will the British Film Institute undergo a shift in priorities in order to take the strain.
A total of 183 films are listed on IMDB but about 900 films were produced by the UK Film Council over the last ten years, with funds provided by UK National Lottery, out of the 900 films made only a few were Horror movies and one of them was the sequel 28 Weeks Later, investing in digital cinemas which has given Britain the most digital screens of any European country, As Variety reports, the UK Film Council has 75 staff, and roughly invested more than £160 million ($248 million) in Lottery funds over the past ten years, generating £700 million ($1 billion) at the box office worldwide.
Tim Bevan of the UK Film Council calls the move a “bad decision, People will rightly look back on today’s announcement and say it was a big mistake, driven by short-term thinking and political expediency, British film, which is one of the UK’s more successful growth industries, deserves better.
It is obvious the Tories are looking to take the UK back to the same level as the 1980’s under Margaret Thatcher making as many people as possible unemployed and also have no hope from oncoming onslaught of European migration, asylum seekers and illegal immigration plus moving jobs from the UK to India and the Far East, and tax increases in recoded levels, unlike the 1980’s we have no Coal Mining Unions striking over job losses to save the country.
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