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16/05/03
Attenborough: UK Film Industry Set for 'Flop'
- Director calls for renewal of movie tax-breaks

SIR RICHARD ATTENBOROUGH has demanded the government continue to subsidise the British film industry, or watch it "flop."

Tax relief available to investors in British films is due to end in 2005 , a move which Attenborough described as, "very sad, not only in itself but in the message that it sends out to investors and people around the world."

Actor-director Attenborough, famous for films such as Cry Freedom and Ghandi, made the point that most countries subsidise their film industries to some degree, even America.

"The one thing I am certain of is that until we accept that a form of subsidy is accepted as a prerequisite, the British film industry will continue to jump and flop and climb up again and flop again," Attenborough said.

One problem for Attenborough is that many of the films made in the UK in recent years thanks to lottery funding, effectively another form of subsidy, have not even been released, let alone made any money. This has caused dark noises in government circles that 2005 might be the time to end subsidies altogether.



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