Boyle says UK Film industry audience's fault
Danny Boyle has been commenting on the state of the UK film industry, and he openly stated that it was the film industry that we deserved, mainly because we don't go to the cinema like other countries.
Thankfully it's so cut and dried as that and nothing to do with incentives, skills, companies, or most importantly the absolute sea of rubbish films being poured into the cinema these days, isn't that something to do with it?
I believe someone once said something about supply and demand being an important model in business, and looking at the cinema releases of late is it any surprise that the UK cinema audience don't attend more than an Indian audience? The Indian audience are mainly attending films made by their burgeoning film industry, one that's running much bigger, better and very differently to Hollywood, is that really a fair comparison?
No wonder cinema attendance is better there. If our industry were churning out the amount of films, and the films that people wanted to see, then there would be a much better audience to attend.
Is Danny Boyle really suggesting that we should pay to watch rubbish films multiple times a week in order to invest in the UK film industry? What films in the cinema just now are ploughing money back into the UK film industry? Probably Quantum of Solace is the one that's doing the most, and even then when you look at the list of companies behind it they're out numbered by the non-UK ones.
Talking at the London Film Festival through WENN and IMDB Boyle says:
“My opinion about the film industry is we get the film industry we deserve really. ... We don't go to the cinema like other countries I'm afraid. You notice it in India the obsession with cinema is phenomenal. Everybody knows everything about it and everyone has seen everything. I think the figures are we go twice a year and that will be to the [Harry] Potter and the [James] Bond [movies] mostly...”
No, I'm afraid like with any other business model, the company has to produce the goods to get the customers, you don't get customers appearing to give you money for rubbish in order for you to make a decent product somewhere down the line, which they'll pay for again.
It's funny, there are plenty of strong independent British film-makers and talent out there, but they just aren't being given the chance or being allowed to make films in a larger market that aren't deemed the standard British film of that time – once romantic bumbling comedy, now comedy-horror, what next?
As a closing, good luck to Mark Stirton and the other British film-makers appearing at the British Independent Film Awards under The Raindance Award. While the rest of the awards are dominated by films such as Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire, Son of Rambow, In Bruges, Hunger and Somers Town, this award shows the truly independent and fighting film-makers.
British film-makers like Mark Stirton, ignored by groups like Scottish Screen that should be funding and promoting them, are making private overseas DVD distribution deals in order to get the film seen. Why aren't films like his One Day Removals getting shown in cinemas in the UK? Is it still the audience's fault?