Friday, 6 August 2010

James McAvoy campaigns for the UK Film Council

James McAvoy is among the more than 50 actors protesting plans to scrap the UK Film Council. An open letter was published on Thursday in The Daily Telegraph:

In a joint letter, they wrote that David Cameron's decision to axe the council as part of his savage costcutting drive threatened a "British success story".

They said the expertise of camera crews, lighting experts and set builders was the reason so many top Hollywood directors chose to make films here.

And they pointed out the industry made money for Britain, bringing in £5 for every £1 invested.

The letter said: "Everyone knows that times are tough. But the UKFC doesn't waste money, it makes it. Thanks to its efforts, our film industry, worth £4.5billion a year, has rarely been stronger."

The Government's plans have provoked outrage, with 42,000 people signing a Facebook petition.

Since the UKFC was established in 2000, British films have laid claim to 23% of box office takings.

It is responsible for some of the most successful UK hits including In the Loop, Bend it Like Beckham and Gosford Park. Last year it received £63.3million income from the Lottery and grant-in-aid.

Axing it would save just £3million a year. []

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