UK Film Council shelving 'a big mistake'
27th July 2010
The abolition of the UK Film Council will be detrimental to the
country's blossoming film industry, the organisation's chief has
Culture secretary Jeremy Hunt announced yesterday (July 26th)
that the council, which has channelled funding into more than 900
British productions since 2000, will be scrapped and its role
replaced by a direct relationship between the government and the
British Film Institute.
However, UK Film Council chairman Tim Bevan labelled the move a
'big mistake' and claimed the decision was taken because of
short-term political manoeuvring rather than concerns over the
future of the industry.
'Abolishing the most successful film support organisation the UK
has ever had is a bad decision, imposed without any consultation or
evaluation,' he commented. 'British film, which is one of the UK's
more successful growth industries, deserves better.'
Mr Bevan called on the government to now confirm that the
funding and other support for the UK's film industry are protected
from further cuts, to safeguard its long-term future.
In his Review of Arm's Length Bodies, Mr Hunt also
revealed that the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council will be
abolished, while UK Sport and Sport England will be merged into a