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- Oscar victory prompts cash plea
LEADING LONDON film producers have thrown down the gauntlet to the City's moneymen in a bid to win backing for the British film industry.
In the wake of Britain's triumph at the Oscars, Duncan Kennedy whose production credits include the hit romantic comedy Notting Hill said: "It's a big question for the film industry. Can the City come up with the goods?"
Kennedy is the latest in a long-line of movie-makers to query the City's commitment to UK cinema. However, David Puttman, producer of the 1980's classic 'Chariots Of Fire' and long-time champion of British film production is tired of the UK's failure to invest in home-grown talent. "Every single year when do well at the Oscars people keep banging this same old drum," he said.
The Square Mile may not yet be ready to come up with the dosh, but if Lord Mayor, Clive Martin, is anything to go by the message seems to be sinking in. "I think we are a long way from being rivals to Wall Street, but we are certainly interested in taking part of this business," he said. "This could stimulate another stream of business for financiers. I'll be doing all I can to help."