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Should films about Britishness get tax breaks? Yes, because anything that makes other countries better able to compete with Hollywood is a good thing

By Mark Cousins   February 2007

The new rules for tax relief on filmmaking in Britain that came into effect on 1st January have already caused what in Scotland is called a “stooshie.” It started on 5th December 2006, when the department of culture, media and sport (DCMS) published its “final framework of the cultural test for British film,” a point system that scores new movies for Britishness. The new system will make it harder for films like the Star Wars prequels, which have no British storyline or cultural relevance but were partly filmed here, to help themselves to some of the £120m in tax breaks…

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