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Breaking the British movie myth

The government has wasting millions chasing the dream of a Hollywood-style film industry—at the expense of genuine innovation. The answer is to shut down the UK film council

By Colin MacCabe   January 2010

Fish Tank: a fine British film part-funded by UKFC. The exception, not the rule

In November, the UK Film Council issued a consultation document for its future strategy. This came on the heels of a press release in August from the department for culture, media and sport stating its intention to merge the UKFC and the British Film Institute. What both documents actually signalled was the total failure of a key plank in new Labour’s cultural policy.

When the then secretary of state Chris Smith set up the UKFC in 2000 the aim was to create a “sustainable film…

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