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DCMS Launches Film Policy Review

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has announced today that it is launching a film policy review which will set out the future priorities for supporting film in the UK. The principal objectives of the review will be to identify the market failures preventing the creation of a more successful British film industry, determining how best to set policy directions for Lottery funding and public funding so as to support growth in the UK film sector, developing and retaining UK talent, and increasing audience demand through education and access to screen heritage.

It will look at skills support for British creativity, film development and production, distribution and exhibition as well as the support structure needed for continuing to attract international filmmakers to the UK. Lottery money for British film will increase by 60% to around £43 million a year after the 2012 Olympic and Paralymic Games. The review will be led by Lord Chris Smith, the former Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, working with a panel of industry experts including representatives from the Board of BFI Governors.

The panel will comprise: Will Clarke, innovative film distributor and co-founder of Optimum Releasing; Lord Julian Fellowes, the Oscar®-winning writer, actor and director; Matthew Justice, film producer and Managing Director of Big Talk Productions; Michael Lynton, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sony Pictures Entertainment; Tim Richards, Chief Executive of Vue Entertainment; Tessa Ross, Channel 4 Controller of Film and Drama; Libby Savill, Head of Film and Television for Olswang; and Iain Smith, producer and Chair of the British Film Commission Advisory Board. Lord Smith and the review panel is expected to report by the end of the year. Greg Dyke, Chair of the BFI, said: “The BFI is very keen to work with Chris Smith on the Policy Review, which will principally look at how the film industry in Britain can grow further.  We welcome being fully involved in the process and are glad that three of our Governors will be on the panel and that we will be leading on part of the review itself in the areas of learning and audience engagement. During this time, we will be developing the BFI’s own strategic forward plan, which will obviously be influenced by the Government policy review.” Complete the online survey here. Deadline for submissions is 9 September. The Review is expected to report to Mr Vaizey by the end of the year.

28th July 2011

Arts and The Creative Economy

Arts Council England has just published a major strategic piece of work by Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy.

Three papers are published together to illustrate synergies and strengthen links between the arts and the creative economy. This includes a focus on the role of the Arts Council in supporting innovation and growth across the creative economy through the delivery of its Strategy: Achieving Great Art for Everyone. It also includes a focus on the role of arts organisations, local authorities and a wider range of partners and investors in blending arts and business development.

The papers are introduced by Alan Davey, Chief Executive, Arts Council England; and Ed Vaizey MP, Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative industries.

Download the full report now:

http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/publication_archive/supporting-growth-arts-economy/

26th July 2011

EastEnders Actress Shana Swash Comes of Age in retro film Gang Girls

Film Hair and Make-up Artist as well as award winning filmmaker, Sharon Holloway, has just completed a new short film with a retro feel. Gang Girls, starring Shana Swash, was shot in and around Southampton and celebrates the south coast’s diverse retro and vintage talents. Produced by Sharon’s hairdressing salon, Vintage Hair Lounge, which is based in the City’s French Quarter, Gang Girls delights in showcasing mod and rockabilly style against a backdrop of local waterfront locations. Sharon explained the film process and why she did the film:

“I was inspired to do this film because I wanted to portray a fresh interpretation of local “vintage” life. Dozens of people turned out to take part, from Hampshire scooter clubs to Bournemouth burlesque performers, so a big thank you to them all. Aside from getting our main girl gang cast ready with sixties styled hair and make-up, along with clothes by Classy Chassis, once I turned the camera on, it only took 4 hours to shoot the whole piece! Then we went in to the studio with singer Miss Annie to record a new version of classic sixties anthem Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) for the soundtrack and then on to the post-production work with Chair of the Isle of Wight Film Network, Andrew Wilks, who helped create the stylish finished product. I am over the moon with the result. You can watch the film on YouTube at http://youtu.be/T7uzLvJuFnw  and we’d be delighted to hear what people think of it.”

Sharon Holloway is the latest new member of WMG and we released her press release to the Arts pages of The Guardian and The Times as well as to The Daily Echo and The County Press.

Photograph Courtesy of Scott Chalmers.

28th May 2011