4 January 2002
This is the first public statement of the UK FILM COUNCIL’s overall industrial and cultural aims and objectives. Sometimes with the UK film industry it’s hard to know if we’re waving or drowning. Often easy rhetoric is hollow compared to the real world. Ephemeral success (as in “Cool Britannia” and “yet another Oscar”) is often confused with actual accomplishment. Certainly there is much to be proud of with our history of great film-making. But our business and industrial infrastructures have rarely, if ever, done justice to our massive talent base. The basic truth is that, at the dawn of a brave, new world of bewildering technological change, without government support (direct aid) and public (Lottery) funding, the film industry in the UK would most certainly collapse.
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