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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 asserted.

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 single entity.
 

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