The big picture on Bafta nominations and US domination of the UK film industry | Letters
The UK is to Hollywood what China is to Silicon Valley: a beneficial location to outsource production, with the bonus in the UK of substantial tax incentives, says David Sproxton
I read with interest your leader (Disappointment at this week’s Bafta nominees could be spur for renewal, Journal, 11 January). At the core of the issue is the domination of US studios and distributors in what you call the “British film industry”.
Pinewood and Shepperton have 10-year deals with Disney and Netflix, Warner Bros has its Leavesden base, and Technicolor owns large slabs of our post-production industry. Even the BFI’s chair is head of Warner Bros Entertainment UK, Ireland and Spain. Nearly all UK multiplexes are US-owned, so is it any surprise that US-owned films get a lot of promotion in the UK during the awards season?Continue reading...