a shriek can be heard from those in film and media studies
Well I'm not being funny, but taxpayers should not be expected to prop up a service that cannot survive on its own, or they have no interest in.
if you feel strongly about it protest out side the department for Culture media and sport, probably whitehall or somewhere near by
There's nothing more an mp doesn't like than being held to account over their actions. They don't like people powered politics
who ******* cares? cut everything! excise the debt and **** the poor.
if british film is so great, it will pay for itself. no one has to go out and help sell shakespeare's books.
so ... cut, cut, and cut again! why should my beer money go on crumby arty films that no one wants to watch?
Hmm... so what is more important? Arts or ensuring that there are still functional hospitals, schools, etc. despite the cuts?
Maybe what should be part of the scope of government is subjective, but it could be argued that funding the arts is redundant.
Besides UK films for long time have not rivalled Hollywood in quantity terms, and if Bollywood ever branched out into non-musical/non-kissing films then the UK film industry couldn't compete with that either.
Private sector funding of the arts apparently greatly dwarfs government spending. I can't remember exactly where I read those statistics, I just remember the article being very convincing.
The whole idea of subsidizing films seems unnecessary, unless they've created things of very high quality, which I'm assuming they haven't.
I find it odd that it is normally the same right-wingers who complain about 'foreigners' stealing our culture who also support the erosion of British arts through free market ideology.
yeah, it sucks
but jeez of all the places to make cuts it hurts the least.
Id much rather this than slashing money of health, education or defense.
Good. The government should not be financing films at all. Leave it to the market to sort out.
Better this than health, or education, or something that actually matters. I've seen lots of pretentious, whiny arthouse freaks on the news whining about how wonderful the UK film industry is, and they use the examples of 'world class' films like Bend It Like Beckham to justify their oh-so middle class tirade. Government should stop kow-towing to a small group of media-savvy 'intelligentsia'. It's the same with funding for stuff like the Covent Garden opera: it's not right that all taxpayers should have to prop up such a niche area that the vast majority of people have no interest in.
And I do actually like theatres and the opera and musuems, by the way. I don't think that the government should stop investing in cultural stuff entirely - I don't know what I would do without the free London musuems - but the practice does need to be thoroughly looked at.