Professionalising the British film industry: the UK Film Council and public support for film production

Kelly, L. (2016) Professionalising the British film industry: the UK Film Council and public support for film production. International Journal of Cultural Policy, 22(4), pp. 648-663. (doi: 10.1080/10286632.2015.1015532)

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This article examines the UK Film Council’s objective to reorganise and reallocate public funding for film from 2000 onwards. I argue that the model adopted by the UKFC was innovative on two levels. First, it separated public funds available for film production into three separate streams and then hired industry professionals to head each individual fund. I also examine how the funds developed over the lifetime of the organisation, with each appointed head shaping the principles of their respective funds in accordance with the wider objectives of the UKFC. Drawing on strategy documents, internal papers and interviews with key personnel, I argue that the UKFC worked to position itself as a ‘vanguard organisation’ seeking to shake up an independent sector seemingly reliant on state handouts and introduce a commercial perspective to the industry. This mission met an abrupt end, however, when the incoming Coalition government closed down the organisation in 2010.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Kelly, Dr Lisa
Authors: Kelly, L.
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Culture and Creative Arts > Theatre Film and TV Studies
Journal Name:International Journal of Cultural Policy
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
ISSN (Online):1477-2833
Published Online:27 February 2015
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2015 The Author
First Published:First published in International Journal of Cultural Policy 22(4): 648-663
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
581521UK Film Council: A Case Study of Film Policy in Transition.Gillian DoyleArts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)AH/J00457X/1CCA - THEATRE FILM AND TV STUDIES