UK Film Council Axed

26th July 2010 by Maura McHugh

UK Film CouncilShocking news today from the UK as reported first on the Deadline London blog, and repeated on the BBC and The Guardian web sites.

British Culture secretary Jeremy Hunt is due to inform the House of Commons at 2:30pm this afternoon that the UK Film Council will be abolished.

A recently-released statement from Tim Bevan, Chairman of the UK Film Council, appears to confirm the news:

“Abolishing the most successful film support organisation the UK has ever had is a bad decision, imposed without any consultation or evaluation. People will rightly look back on today’s announcement and say it was a big mistake, driven by short-term thinking and political expediency. British film, which is one of the UK’s more successful growth industries, deserves better.

“Our immediate priority now is to press the Government to confirm that the funding levels and core functions that are needed to underpin British film are locked-in, especially at a time when filmmakers and film companies need more support than ever as they make the challenging transition into the digital age. To that end, we will work with the DCMS over the summer to identify how they can guarantee both continuity and safe harbour for British film.”

1 comment to “UK Film Council Axed”

  • Ted says:

    Quite a turnaround after the new direction was set out in eaqrly April, and given that deliberations on a form of merger with the BFI were well underway. With this announcement it looks like that will become a sort of reverse takeover by the BFI.

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