Government kills UK Film Council

If this was a movie, the Tories would be the villains

Conservative Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt has abolished the UK Film Council.

And we honestly can't believe that we just wrote that sentence.

Hunt wants to set-up a "direct and less bureaucratic relationship with the British Film Institute".

UK Film Council chairman Tim Bevan said it was "a bad decision".

He said the announcement was "imposed without any consultation or evaluation."

The Film Council is beloved by British filmmakers, exhibitors, distributors, and film fans alike.

It's been involved in the creation of more than 900 films in the last ten years.

The New Cinema fund alone has allowed films such as Man On Wire, In The Loop, Bright Star, Fish Tank, Adulthood and This Is England to reach audiences.

Its abolition is a disgrace.

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    • DannyJ9008

      Jul 26th 2010, 15:03

      What an absolute joke this is. Not gonna get political because its a Tory that's done this, but what the hell? How can they expect British Cinema to be able to compete and find new talents when the abolish a major player in those stakes, its ridiculous.

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    • TheThing

      Jul 26th 2010, 15:13

      This is what everyone said would happen if the Tories got in and now it IS HAPPENING. I feel Hulk rage coming on.

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    • murphy

      Jul 26th 2010, 15:15


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    • murphy

      Jul 26th 2010, 15:17

      the new culture secretary is a complete jeremy hunt!

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    • BabyDiego

      Jul 26th 2010, 15:18

      A certain C word comes to mind

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    • sheroo19

      Jul 26th 2010, 17:02

      great... how to stop new talent blossoming? appoint a d******d as a culture secretary.

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    • Ali1748

      Jul 26th 2010, 17:17

      Silly English had to vote the Tories back in, didn't you learn your lesson from Thatcher ?

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    • Vampyre

      Jul 27th 2010, 12:57

      I have long since stopped reffering to "PM" by his name and just now refer to him as the "b*****d". It is obvious the tories (which im sure you will know the derivation of the word comes from an irish word for "thief") are looking to shaft as many people as possible. For shame you who voted for them, you are responssible for some if not all of the coffins nails bagged into the uk film councils casket. good bye any chance or releasing any further worth while films, but im sure tory voters will be happy to watch heaps of dross like the remake of the karate kid forever. cheers guys

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    • minorityreport

      Jul 27th 2010, 17:11

      Everytime I think of the Tories in power, I have this image of them marching around in long black cloaks while the Imperial March from Empire Strikes Back plays. Doing stuff like this just reinforces the image. Hope you all have the sense to vote them out in the next election.

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    • bassthing

      Jul 28th 2010, 11:25

      Perhaps the headline for this article should have simply been 'Government Kills Culture'. How does this decision make sense?.

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    • KingofSpain

      Jul 28th 2010, 12:24

      'Government Kills Culture'? Yes, the previous Labour government. There are all sorts of multi-million pound projects, not just culture based ones, which are being scrapped right now. It's because there's a massive £8 billion hole in UK finances that is in dire need of reduction. Would you rather keep the Film Council but pay much larger taxes yourself? Would you rather keep the Film Council but lose your job?

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    • Ingoldby

      Jul 28th 2010, 23:13

      The UK film industry does not depend on the UK Film Council with its dreary obsessions with politically correct shiboleths and its £70,000 a year 'diversity officer'. For the sake of a genuinely vibrant culture as well as for the sake of the taxpayer, HORAAY! All these quangos do is build up a self regarding parasitic client group for leftwing politicians.

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    • KingofSpain

      Jul 29th 2010, 11:00

      And I thought I was the only one on here -well put Ingoldby!

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    • Serrano

      Jul 30th 2010, 15:21

      Typical Tories

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    • allykatharvey

      Jul 30th 2010, 22:04

      Can I recommend everyone at TotalFilm and all subscribers to read the article by Chris Atkins in The Times (times2arts)of Weds 28 July, P47. It was real eyeopener to me! And you thought the MPs accounts were a scandal! No-one under 35 should regret the passing of this elitist quango, providing "jobs (and perks) for the boys". The very, very rich boys. New filmmakers couldn't get a penny from them. All film lovers in the UK should be glad this corrupt hangover from New Labour has been revealed and STOPPED. Let's hope a new, fairer and more egalitarian system can be established.

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    • Jazzysheff

      Jul 30th 2010, 23:31

      Isn't (or wasn't) The UK Film Council lottery funded??

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