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