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    Shock Horror - Surveys show public would rather watch British Films!

    What's particularly interesting is that the report also finds that British films hardly get a look in on broadcast television either, which is pretty obvious. But here they not only demand action, but also threaten legislation if the broadcasters fail to do anything about it: 32. The Panel...
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    Shock Horror - Surveys show public would rather watch British Films!

    The government’s recently published report: “A Future For British Film: It begins with the audience...” is pretty good when it comes to identifying the problems, but sadly not so hot when it comes to proposing solutions. Right from the start it outlines a key conundrum: if the public want to...
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    Low & Micro-Budget Film Production in the UK (UKFC report) - a summary

    Data on UK no/micro-budget film-making is very hard to come by. A UK Film Council report from June 2008 gives some idea as to the numbers being made, the quality, and the problems they face. Unfortunately the UKFC and the Regional Screen Agencies seemed to totally ignore their own findings. The...
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    Why Cameron hasn't got a clue about the British Film Industry

    Only Quotas can make British Cinema Great Again This article first appeared in The Guardian online edition, 7.12.10. It's now nearly 30 years since Thatcher scrapped, along with much else that had supported British cinema since 1928, so now most people weren't around to remember what it was...
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    Getting your indie film onto iTunes

    This article first appeared on Mac Harwood's blog, “The Boring Stuff” where he deals with what he calls, the “unglamorous parts of the film industry”. Plenty of distributors talk about putting your independent film onto iTunes. They wax lyrical about how good they are at it, give estimated...
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    Jon's submission to the DCMS Film Policy Review

    The DCMS has requested comments and suggestions about what should be the country's future film policy, to be sent to them by 9 September. This is a draft of what I will be sending. If you are a film producer or director with feature film credits, or with a feature in pre-production; or if you...
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    Crowdsourcing and crowdfunding

    Kickstarter and Indiegogo – Is this David Cameron’s ‘Big Society’ in action? Much as I agree with most of what Tommy says being a one-time academic I’m interested in a bit more detail. Crowdsourcing/crowdfunding is dominated by Kickstarter, and it’s smaller rival, Indiegogo. With Kickstarter...
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    Crowdsourcing and crowdfunding

    Diary of a Bad Lad's erstwhile executive producer Tommy Morghen recently published this comment piece on 'crowdsourcing/crowdfunding' on his facebook page. And because this is something which people are becoming increasingly interested in, I've taken the liberty of reprinting it here without his...
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    Reform the 1984 Video Recordings Act!

    The Video Recordings Act (1984) requires DVDs to be classified by the BBFC, even if they are only sold to 18+ aged credit card holders over the internet. Times have changed now people can make films on no-budget for niche audiences, they can produce compilations of short films, and they can...
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    Jonathan Gems on the abolition of the UKFC

    Matthew Vaughn has gone further, outlining a manifesto for the future of British cinema. Just as we've all been saying he's very concerned to see British film-making develop so that British facilities companies can become less dependent on servicing Hollywood. As he points out, Hollywood...
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    Jonathan Gems on the abolition of the UKFC

    Shameful facts hidden in the UK Film Council’s Statistical Report 2009 The UK Film Council has recently published its Statistical Yearbook for 2009. In order to save you from the hassle of wading through its obfuscatory pages' date=' here’s some of the key data – from which you’ll get some...
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    Jonathan Gems on the abolition of the UKFC

    How do you square the following circle? On it's website the UKFC proudly claims that: "UK Film Council investments in British films have been hugely successful – for every £1 we have invested, £5 has been generated at the box office". But on their last annual report to Parliament they say...
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    Jonathan Gems on the abolition of the UKFC

    Today's editorial in Screen Daily just comes down on the side of keeping the UKFC, but it goes on to list a whole catalogue of reasons as to why it is so loathed by all sections of the industry. These include: The incredible level of arrogance, the bullying of people into keeping their...
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    Jonathan Gems on the abolition of the UKFC

    Just thought people might be interested in the following statistics. According to the UK Film Council 19 out of the top 20 films at the UK box office were owned by Hollywood, with one, "Slumdog Millionaire" being owned by Pathe (which has the UK rights, whereas Fox owns it for the rest of...
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    Jonathan Gems on the abolition of the UKFC

    Anyone - go to the UK Film Council Awards Data base and type in the name of any major American production company. For example' date=' "Warners" will immediately bring up of over £400,000 pounds of lottery money from the Prints and Advertising fund - a subsidy to promote their films to UK...
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