Don’t want to prattle on toooooo much about this, but there are some interesting stats and facts about The UK Film Council that make recent events all the more baffling …

Since its creation in 2000, the UK Film Council invested over £160m of Lottery funding into more than 900 films to an audience of over 200 million people, generating over £700 million at the box office worldwide. £5 for every £1 of Lottery money invested.

It supported new filmmakers, funded ambitious new British films and got a wider choice of films to audiences throughout the UK. It also invested in training British talent, promoted Britain as an international filmmaking location and raised the profile of British films abroad.
Since 2000 the UK Film Council has funded such films as Bright Star,The Constant GardenerFish TankGosford ParkHappy-Go-Lucky, In the Loop, The Last King of Scotland, Man on Wire, Nowhere Boy, Red RoadSt Trinian’sThis is England, Touching the Void, Vera Drake ,The Wind That Shakes the Barley and Streetdance 3D, the UK’s first 3D film.
Upcoming films backed by the UK Film Council include Mike Leigh’s Another Year, Stephen Frears’s Tamara Drewe, Nigel Cole’s Made in Dagenham, Joe Cornish’s Attack the Block, Rowan Joffe’s Brighton Rock, Lynne Ramsay’s We Need to Talk about Kevin, Justin Chadwick’s The First Grader, Tom Hooper’s The King’s Speech, Peter Mullan’s Neds and Andrea Arnold’s Wuthering Heights.
Current UK Film Council funding initiatives included:
the world’s first Digital Screen Network, which has invested in 240 digital screens in cinemas across the UK, increasing film choice, bringing the 3D experience to a wider audience, and ensuring the UK has more digital cinemas than any other European country; awarding three newly-formed consortiums a total of £1.2 million of Lottery funding, to bring the latest in digital cinema to venues across four ‘under-screened’ UK counties (North Yorkshire, Shropshire, and Wiltshire and Test Valley (Hampshire)), giving rural audiences the opportunity to enjoy a modern digital cinema experience – including 3D film screenings, live opera, theatre and sport satellite events beamed across the UK – without having to travel long distances; supporting over 200 film societies and independent regional film venues; UK film festivals, including the Edinburgh International Film Festival, the BFI London Film Festival and the Sheffield International Documentary Film Festival; working with Skillset, the UK skills and training industry body for the creative industries, enabling almost 7,000 people to further their filmmaking careers; giving over 20,000 young people the opportunity to get involved in filmmaking through First Light and Mediabox; bringing FILMCLUB to thousands of schools, introducing new generations of children to the best of British and international cinema.

The UK film industry has a turnover of £6.8 billion. It contributes a total of over £4.5 billion a year to UK GDP, returns more than £1.2 billion to the Exchequer and supports a total of 100,000 direct and indirect jobs.
The UK box office has grown by 62% since the UK Film Council was created (in 2009 it reached record levels of £944 million), with British films accounting for 23% of all UK cinema takings over the ten years to 2009.
Recent figures show that in 2009:
cinema admissions rose to 174 million, the highest figure for seven years;
British films and talent won 36 major film awards, 17% of the total available;
inward investment reached a record £753 million, up 111% on 2008;
UK film exports exceeded £1.3 billion, 92% higher than in 2001.

It’s odd that over the past ten years I was always under the impression the UK industry survived against the odds and was struggling toward some kind of reluctant renaissance, when it turns out that may well have been the Golden Era and we didn’t realise it at the time … very silly.

Posted: July 30th, 2010
at 9:05am by Griff

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