The British Film Business / Edition 1

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For the past 80 years the British film industry has struggled to compete with Hollywood. The early control of distribution by American companies in London and the lack of investment in domestic production gave Hollywood a commercial advantage that persists to this day. British actors, directors and production companies are highly regarded internationally, yet few films are financed solely with British capital. Even Working Title, producers of such recent hits as Four Weddings and a Funeral and Notting Hill, has attracted the bulk of its funding from the USA.

Successive British governments have introduced measures to protect the industry from overseas competition and stimulate British production, all with little long-term success. In fact, a failure to understand the nature of the industry has often resulted in legislation that has hampered rather than supported film-makers. Over the years there have been isolated triumphs abroad, from Korda's The Private Life of Henry VIII onwards, but the lack of British films has proved a major financial stumbling block.

In this book, the authors discuss the development of the industry from the beginning to the end of the 20th century and highlight the lessons that can be learned for financing British feature films. The century ended with a Labour Government appearing to have a more sympathetic attitude to British film-makers and, combined with the establishment of the Film Council, there were grounds for optimism. Let us hope that it is not 'one more new botched beginning.'

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"…very informative and interesting…a bias-free look at the film industry from a UK perspective with a global outlook…" (M2 Best Books, 23 July 2002)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471499183
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/28/2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.22 (w) x 9.35 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

BILL BAILLIEU is a non-practising barrister with 20 years corporate finance and licensing experience in the development and funding of creative and growth businesses, where know-how is the main asset. His career began in the venture capital industry in the City of London, and he now specialises in the management, exploitation and valuation of intellectual property rights ranging from copyright portfolios to patented technology. A regular contributor of articles on franchising, film finance and knowledge management, he is a business angel and an avid fan of the cinema,

JOHN GOODCHILD is an experienced investment analyst and currently an associate with the London stockbrokers Walker Crips Weddle Beck plc. He heas been fascinated by the British cinema since childhood when he first heard his aunt's recollections of life as a wardrobe assistant at Gainsborough Studios in the 1930s. He is also joint editor of Professional Investor where Bill Baillieu's articles on the industry were the starting point for The British Film Industry. John Goodchild recently (with Clive Callow) edited Double Takes and Brands:Visions and Value for John Wiley.

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Table of Contents


The Early Years-1896-1914

The First World War to the Talkies

The Talkies to 1939

The Second World War: 1939-45

The Post-War Years 1945-51

The 1950's


The 1960's

The 1970's

The 1980's

The 1990's

Lessons From the Twentieth Century

The Future




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