After the axing of the UK Film Council things weren’t looking too great for the British film industry but yesterday we got some good news. To coincide with the opening of the London Film Festival, Channel 4 announced that they were increasing the budget for Film4 by 50%. Lovely.
Just looking at Film4’s output at the Festival makes it clear why this is a good thing. Both opening and closing galas, Never Let Me Go and 127 Hours were Film4 productions along with much buzzed about Submarine, Another Year and NEDs. Three of these we will be reviewing next week.
I’d even go so far as to say that Film4 has a better track record of quality films than the UK Film Council.