Film support and the challenge of ‘sustainability’: on wing design, wax and feathers, and bolts from the blue

Doyle, G. (2014) Film support and the challenge of ‘sustainability’: on wing design, wax and feathers, and bolts from the blue. Journal of British Cinema and Television, 11(2-3), pp. 129-151. (doi: 10.3366/jbctv.2014.0200)

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In recognition of the importance of film in generating both economic and cultural value, the UK Labour government set up a new agency – the United Kingdom Film Council (UKFC) – in 2000 with a remit to build a sustainable film industry. But, reflecting a plethora of differing expectations in relation to the purposes behind public support for film, the UKFC's agenda shifted and broadened over the organisation's lifetime (2000–11). Apparently unconvinced by the UKFC's achievements, the Coalition government which came to power in May 2010 announced the Council's abolition and reassigned its responsibilities as part of a general cost-cutting strategy. Based on original empirical research, this article examines how the UKFC's sense of strategic direction was determined, how and why the balance of objectives it pursued changed over time and what these shifts tell us about the nature of film policy and the challenges facing bodies that are charged with enacting it in the twenty-first century.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Doyle, Professor Gillian
Authors: Doyle, G.
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Culture and Creative Arts > Theatre Film and TV Studies
Journal Name:Journal of British Cinema and Television
Journal Abbr.:JBCTV
Publisher:Edinburgh University Press
ISSN (Online):1755-1714
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2014 Journal of British Cinema and Television
First Published:First published in the Journal of British Cinema and Television 11(2-3):129-151
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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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