Amazon Film Studios: Camerons Vision come true?

Amazon sets up movie studio ‘without gate guards’ | Film | guardian.co.uk

Amazon announce the setting up of their own Film making enterprise, a completely pluralistic exercise that has been tried before with little success. The idea is to let the public decide what films they want to see, and therefore what should be made. But this is just a mini version of the Hollywood system (What’s selling today? Quick! Make more of them!) It doesn’t work on a small scale, in exactly the same way it doesn’t always work on a large scale. There are a large amount of big budget films that flop, or are just pain awful. However, this does ring through with Cameron’s view of what the UK Film industry should be doing. Bering in mind, he has just axed a system of funding that had a gatekeeper in place to allocate the money – odd, then , that he abolishes it rather than juts altering the Gatekeepers criteria….

Dave’s world: a vision of Cameron’s British cinema | Stuart Heritage | Film | guardian.co.uk
Harry Potter – Hogwarts and all – is Britain’s top model | Film | guardian.co.uk
Make more films like Harry Potter, David Cameron tells UK film industry | Film | guardian.co.uk

Cameron proves he has no understanding of the Arts, Creative industries or in business in one fell swoop! The problem with the UK Film Industry is not the Film making bit – it is the distribution. Unless a UK Film has a distribution deal with one of the companies with a stranglehold (EG Warner Brothers own Vue, as well as the studios) it cannot get seen. This is called ‘Vertical Ownership’, Mr Cameron, and can look a lot like a Monopoly.

Tingedfringe says it a lot better than I could –

tingedfringe

18 November 2010 7:56AM

And let’s all remind David Cameron about the history of Harry Potter –

Rowling read for a BA in French and Classics at the University of Exeter

After Jessica’s birth and the separation from her husband, Rowling had left her teaching job in Portugal. In order to teach in Scotland she would need a postgraduate certificate of education (PGCE), requiring a full-time, year-long course of study. She began this course in August 1995,[40] after completing her first novel while having survived on state welfare support.

But wait, there’s more!

Although Bloomsbury agreed to publish the book, Cunningham says that he advised Rowling to get a day job, since she had little chance of making money in children’s books. Soon after, in 1997, Rowling received an £8000 grant from the Scottish Arts Council to enable her to continue writing.

So JK took classics at University. She wrote Harry Potter while on benefits. She then was awarded an arts council grant to continue writing.

And the government’s reaction – cutting funding for ‘useless’ subjects. Cutting benefits. Cuttings the Arts council.

And a vision of where this may lead.
Dave’s world: a vision of Cameron’s British cinema | Stuart Heritage | Film | guardian.co.uk

But the truth behind the British film industry is there is no funding – if you are American, you get tax breaks. If you are British, you don’t! How does this fit in with the immigration rules? They may not be big budget blockbusters, but the producer behind some excellent films speaks out…
Oscar-winning producer says fear is behind neglect of British film-making talent | Business | The Observer

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About Alan Hardcastle

Media Lecturer with an interest in Pedagogy and Politics.

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