Spielberg weighs in on UK Film Council debate

The effects of the proposed abortion of the UK Film Council continue to be felt, as those in the film industry begin to decide where they stand on the issue.

Those fighting to keep the lottery funded investment group have been bolstered by the support of Steven Spielberg, who has warned that axing the council will jeopardise future investment in Britain.

And, as The Independent observed, his premonition is given more clout considering his position as top of DreamWorks studios, half of which is owned by Indian tycoon Anil Ambani. Last month, Chancellor George Osborne met Ambani on a trip to India, where he proclaimed his excitement for DreamWorks’ intent to invest in the UK film industry to the reported sum of £300million.

The closing of the UK Film Council is unlikely to encourage Ambani to buy into the British film economy.

However, the termination of the council isn’t wholly without support. Oscar winning screenwriter Julian Fellowes has claimed that the only support he ever received while during work for ‘The Young Victoria’ was “a bottle of champagne and a good luck card”.

Writing in the Telegraph yesterday, he said: “The council is a behemoth with an ingrained culture going back years and, as many would-be reformers have learned over the centuries, it is hard to alter direction while riding such a beast. For too long, the film establishment, for all its undoubted good intentions, has been unable to break out of the navel-gazing of the 1970s.”

The battle over the UK Film Council’s future is set to rumble on for a while yet.




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