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St. Trinian's and Brideshead Revisited remakes struggle for cash

PaperclipMoney.jpgThe UK Film Council are having to hurridly bail out two major British films which are struggling to keep going after the recent tax law changes in the UK. Well that's according to one report which I find confusing, I thought these problems had been rectified.

We heard that the proposed Tax law changes in the UK were threatening Film production by closing a GAAP funding loophole that UK companies were using, this was inadvertantly hitting the UK Film Industry as that was one of the main methods they were using to fund films.

Then, just a few weeks ago, we heard that this had been rectified by the Government, and today Variety reports that both St. Trinian's, which carries a big raft of British talent including Stephen Fry, Colin Firth and Rupert Everett, and Brideshead Revisited are struggling for funds with huge shortfalls appearing due to these tax law changes.

The shortfalls are so large that the UK Film Council has stepped in and provided GB£1.3 million (US$2.55 million) for St. Trinian's and added a further US$294,000 to the already funded US$2.35 million for Brideshead Revisited.

To me the two remakes of Brideshead Revisited and St. Trinian's are ages of British small and large screen that we should be working to move on from, not that there's anything wrong with either of them, they just represent a typical view of British cinema that is no Britain.

Look at how Working Titles, a producer of typical British films for some time, has now moved on to develop such films as Smokin' Aces (Filmstalker review). Isn't it time that we dropped the twee view of Britain and tried to catch up with Hollywood? Why are we throwing more money at remakes of these atypical British films? Will anyone really go and see them?



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