Monday, July 24, 2006

UK co-prods have bumper year

One third of takings at UK cinemas last year; that's the remarkable figure raked by the high-profile co-productions with major studios. With hits such as "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire", "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory", "Batman Begins", UK film is riding on a popular wave. John Woodward, Chief Executive Officer of the UK Film Council said: “This... proves just how important film is to both our economy and culture. The figures show that the public love British films, and 2005 was a great year for British films at the cinema with the largest slice of box office takings since records began."

Calling "Batman Begins" a British film is a bit cheeky. Once again, we would have to open that thorny issue of a film's nationality. Personally, I find the success of "Wallace and Gromit" and "Valiant" far more encouraging. Recent UK films to look out for include "Mrs Henderson Presents", "The Wind That Shakes the Barley" and teen spy thriller "Stormbreaker".

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