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Film 40, 2012 Back to Reports & survey Listing

The British film industry is currently enjoying the best of times and the worst of times. 



Home grown hits such as The King’s Speech and The Inbetweeners have delivered awards and huge box office.

The UK is also a magnet for big budget Hollywood shoots, with features such as Prometheus, Snow White and the Huntsman and John Carter employing thousands of crew.



But it’s still an industry that remains as tough as ever in which to do business. In particular, financing and getting films made has not become any easier.

Former UK Film Council chairman and ex-Polygram boss Stuart Till summed up the situation neatly last month at a Bafta debate on the future of independent production.

Citing the box office rewards of The Inbetweeners and The King’s Speech, he said: “It’s like a one arm bandit. The jackpot pays out more, but the chances of hitting it are getting less.”

The UK does have, however, several factors in its favour that increase its chances of hitting this global jackpot.

In particular, the UK has benefited from the existence of a stable and easily understood film tax credit system that can deliver up to 20% of budgets.

Most importantly – and as the following pages demonstrate – the UK boasts a wealth of world class filmmaking talent and a respected film heritage.

The UK’s talent pool – so evident as you scan the lists of top directors, producers, DoPs, vfx houses and studios in this film special – provides a solid base to make acclaimed UK films and reassures Hollywood that its big budget shoots are in good hands here. 



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