The Spending Review and British Film Culture by Jack Newsinger
26.11.10
Film, as the first industrial art, has always been a complex mix of business and culture, and its status within public policy has reflected this. Successive governments have employed different strategies to stimulate commercial production on the one hand, and to subsidise cultural film activity that would not be possible if left to the market alone on the other. The surprise announcement of the abolition of ...
What will happen to the Film Council millions? And other questions
16.09.10
These are uncertain times, and although we haven’t got answers to all the questions, we should certainly be asking what the impact of government cuts and other actions might be for those of us on the independent side of things – short filmmakers, animators, artists. What’s the future for work that experiments and takes risks? Will the UK Film Council be shut down? More than 50,000 people ...
How public funding peddles a private agenda: Adam Pugh reflects on The State of Things
07.09.10
The real issue for those starting out in the moving image? The path from business to central government is a well-trodden, visible though grubby one, and the step onto funding agencies, in the case of the moving image, is only a couple of paces further on. Government is in thrall to big business, and the policies handed down to quangos make sure that business gets ...
Who you gonna call?
22.05.10
With economic downturn and government imperatives to tackle the deficit, it’s more important than ever that the public cultural development bodies are fit to robustly champion us lot at the coalface. Arts Council England’s latest restructure of its organisation, announced over a year ago, is now in it ‘final stages’. The new structure may have been in place on 1 April, but there are still posts waiting ...
Jane and Louise Wilson

08.03.10
Jane and Louise Wilson Jane and Louise Wilson‘s work comprises of video projections, photographs taken during the filming process, and three-dimensional sculptures. They have exhibited widely around the world, including two person exhibitions at New Art Gallery, Walsall, Haunch of Venison, Zurich, De Appel, Amsterdam, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, Serpentine Gallery, London and Bergen Art Museum, Norway. Group exhibitions include Sharjah Biennial 9, Glasgow ...
UKFC and BFI: plans afoot

27.01.10
UK Film Council Public Consultation The Guardian’s Arts Diary briefly reports that “proposals” have been drawn up for the merger of the UK Film Council and the British Film Institute, “mooted” last year. Meanwhile, UK Film Council’s public consultation on its policies and plans for the next three years ends on 9 February. You can have your say via a survey. Though they’re already putting some ...
UK Film Council proposes ‘space and funding’ for experimental talent

19.11.09
UK Film Council Policy and Funding Priorities Consultation The UK Film Council has published a consultation document, inviting responses to its proposed priorities for 2010 – 2013. Encouragingly, there’s a proposal that they should “provide a new space and funding stream to support experimental filmmaking.” They don’t however define ‘experimental’, but that’s something they are likely to want to establish partly by way of the consultation ...