Some of the most successful names in the British film industry are leadinga 4,000 strong body representing the interests of UK directors.

Directors UK brings together film, television and new media directors to offer one voice on a wide range of issues.

The immediate priorities are concentrated on improving the position of directors in television, which has been the launchpad in the UK for work in feature films.

In recent years, there has been considerable concern about reduced fees, a risk-averse culture and a loss of the creative freedom on which the country's global reputation for drama has beenm founded.

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