P BURT's Comments
Comment on: British producer Gayle Griffiths dies aged 49
Shocked and saddened by this news. Gayle was such a rock, with such empathy and strength for others.
Comment on: BFI opens up co-pro development funding
Good news and adds to the UK offer across the nations and BFI partner agencies, Ffilm Cymru Wales, Creative Scotland, Creative England and Northern Ireland Screen, and with many independent companies hugely experienced and ready, willing and able to collaborate. Ffilm Cymru Wales, who I represent, welcomes international partners working with Welsh talent and with full access to development and productions funds. 1 in 4 of our productions to-date have been international co-productions, across 11 countries and 5 languages, with many more in development.? Everyone benefits.
Price variation, including cheaper for brit indie films would be a terrific step forward, not least for encouraging a broader audience to attend, including those living in social-economic deprivation. For example, with ticket price variation tests within a community film offer www.filminafan.com where family tickets are 6.50, we've seen a loyal and repeat customer base grow, with people attending screenings 15-20 times a year, rather than the UK average of 2.7 Our cinema networks could once again appeal to the masses
Comment on: Soda, BFI launch Children’s Cinema Club
Brilliant - great to see this collaboration come together and genuine pan-UK input. Looking forward to seeing what films are selected and happy to promote
Comment on: UK needs to serve changing audiences
Well said, Sir Puttnam. We're very interested to see the results for @TheMachinemovie - released last Friday in cinemas and via i-tunes (where it's reached no.2, behind The Hunger Games), quickly followed by DVD/BluRay March 31st. The producers are distributing - bringing their passion and commitment to bear for a burst of marketing activity. But they are crucially not alone - but rather, supported by freelance, knowledgeable distribution consultancy and marketing services. They're paying service fees; closer to their revenue streams and have a direct relationship with their fan-base. Parallel research commissioned, which we'll be happy to share in the coming months.
Comment on: Why the UK is missing out on co-production
It is not a uniform picture across the UK of course. more than 30% of productions coming out of Wales have been EU co-productions, for example, and further co-pros beyond EU. Needs must - but it's been a very productive set of relationships. Recent co-pros with Sweden, several with Ireland, Spain & many more in the pipeline. Would love to see rejoining of Eurimage and more proactive work in this area
Comment on: Diversity: UK must invest
Well said Andrea. Chiamamanda's talk is inspirational, entertaining and thought provoking on the need for change. This is a multi-faceted need as you say, and one that needs to extend to would-be filmmakers from disadvantaged areas and backgrounds and to those with disabilities too.
Comment on: Submarine star among Cinematic winners
So excited by the talent that's coming through here. Looking forward to getting these made and seeing what's next for the filmmakers
Congratulations to Cardiff based 'Red and Black' continuing their run of success for The Machine, which kicked off at TriBeCa. Good sales too. A company on the up
Comment on: NFTS launches Attenborough fund
An inspirational man, and an inspirational evening. It is truly good news that another generation of filmmakers - and more to come - will be supported in their efforts. The bursaries will crucially allow those from varied social and cultural backgrounds to enter this sector, providing different, representative voices- a point that Michael Caine made very eloquently.