UK Film Council to go
Bad news for the British Film industry either way.
Here are some facts I found on Twitter, may be true maybe not.
- The Film Council makes 400% return on its investments in film (via /thejimsmith).
- The £12m we’re spending on the Pope is 4/5 of a years funding for the UK Film Council (via /shutupcaf)
- For every £1 invested by UK Film Council, £5 generated at the box office (via /D_W_Mault)
- A few UK Film Council supported films: Fish Tank. In The Loop. Nowhere Boy. This Is England (via /jonronson).
- In 10 years the UK Film Council funded 900 films which have entertained over 200 million people and helped generate over £700 million (via /Sheq)
- The UK film industry contributes approximately £4.3 billion p/y to the UK economy, up by 50% since 2000 when the UK Film Council was created. (via /iammattabbott)
- So the UK Film Council is being closed down by 2012. Yet lottery funding for film is set to increase to £32m after 2012 ? (via /the_pete)
And here is the full statement by Jeremy Hunt from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, who has made the proposition.
Petition is here.