30/09/2010

Film-Maker Faults Funding Cuts

The UK Film Council's new funding plan has come under fire from Actor and Film-Maker Noel Clarke.

The Doctor Who star has now joined a growing list of industry names, to criticise the Culture Secretary's announcement regarding budget cuts.

The film council plans to continue British film funding by distributing funding through other bodies.

Describing the government decision as the wrong move Clarke said: "A lot of other countries really are impressed and admire the fact we have a place where we get government money to make films.

"A lot of other countries don't have it. I think we need it.

"I don't think it should have been done because it really facilitated new film makers that were coming through instead of the usual suspects."

In July, Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the amendment would provide "greater value for money.”

Many big names in the film industry have protested the government decision including Liam Neeson, Clint Eastwood and Bill Nighy.

(BMcN/GK)

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