On Monday 9th March, Zander and I were lucky enough to attend a screening of the feature documentary “Who Killed British Cinema?”
Using exclusive interviews with Oscar, BAFTAand Palme d’Or winners, up and coming British film makers, film industry insiders, journalists, distributors, the CNC and members of UK Parliament, Robin Dutta and Vinod Mahindru of Quota Films have crafted an entertaining and educational film that challenges your pre-conceptions of the British indie film industry and exposes some very concerning truths about the now closed UK Film Council (UKFC).
The film features contributions from Sir Ben Kingsley (Schindler’s List, Gandhi), Lord David Puttnam (The Killing Fields, The Mission, Chariots of Fire), Sir Alan Parker (Evita, Mississippi Burning), Mike Hodges(Flash Gordon, Get Carter), Ken Loach (Kes), Stephen Frears (High Fidelity, The Queen, Dangerous Liaisons), Iain Smith (The A-Team, Mad Max: Fury Road), Jonathan Gems (Mars Attacks!, 1984) and Michael Kuhn (The Duchess, Last Days on Mars).
“Who Killed British Cinema?” is a raw, no-holds-barred critical inspection of where Britain stands within the global film business, and how UK public funds are used in an industry that was once a jewel in the crown of Britain’s very distinct creative arts culture. This documentary is not for the faint-hearted but it has been made with love and devotion by two filmmakers who clearly care deeply about the past, present and future of the British film industry.
We thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to see the film and it certainly gave us food for thought so we wanted to share “Who Killed British Cinema?” with the wider filmmaking community.