Sputnik Orbiting the World & Episode 214 RT

Who killed British cinema? Until 1970 Britain had the second biggest film industry in the world. Studios such as Rank, Associated British Picture Corporation, British Lion and Anglo-Amalgamated made and released a film almost every week of the year. Tens of thousands of British people worked in the nation’s films. Today we have not a single British movie studio and 98 percent of the films in our cinemas are made by foreign entities. Every major European country has an indigenous movie culture – so what happened to ours? Our guests Vinod Mahindru, a Birmingham film director, and Jonathan Gems, a playwright and screenwriter, help us find out.


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