Seattle Office of Film + Music

August 12, 2010, 11:27 am
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LA Times
Controversy is growing over the announcement by the new British government that it plans to abolish the UK Film Council, which provides millions of pounds annually to British-based independent productions. The group also offers logistical and other support to Hollywood studios filming in Britain. Director Clint Eastwood wrote an open letter to the government’s top economic minister, arguing that abolition of “such a valuable resource is of great concern as we contemplate future projects.” The fund is jointly financed by the UK government and funds from the National Lottery. Prime Minister David Cameron’s recently elected coalition government has launched a wide-ranging austerity program aimed at cutting funding across many government agencies. “We don’t just fund film, we find the talent and help develop it,” said Tina McFarling, head of industry relations at the council. “We’ve always found the UK Film Council to be of great assistance to us in the making of our movies there,” said Gary Martin, President of production administration for Sony Pictures. “From logistical assistance with travel, accommodations, stages and locations to guidance on the rules regarding the tax incentives, the UK Film Council has often helped us be more efficient and productive when filming there.”

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