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Film Council

Volume 410: debated on Friday 19 September 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the films that have been approved since 2000 by (a) the Film Council's New Arena Fund and (b) the Film Council's Premiere Fund; in each case, how much was invested; and how much has so far been recouped. [130954]

The Premiere Fund was established to stimulate commercial film-making in association with the private sector and improve the quality and appeal of British films. Details of the films supported and how much has been recouped are shown at Table 1.The New Cinema Fund was established to support innovative film-making to develop film culture, encourage creative excellence and nurture new talent. Details of the films supported and how much has been recouped are shown at Table 2.In addition, the New Cinema Fund has invested £1.3 million in over 200 short digital films. This initiative provides a platform for new and emerging talent to explore innovative ways of telling stories and is not designed to provide a financial return on the investment.The UK Film Council investment in a film is likely to take place well before the film receives a theatrical (or other) release, resulting in a considerable time-lag between the investment and any recoupment. Individual films are expected to generate income over many years through different "windows" of exploitation around the world (for example, DVD, Pay-TV, Free TV). The recoupment received to date is therefore only a small part of the return on the investment expected by the UK Film Council.

Table 1: Premiere Fund
TitleNet awardReceipts
Code 461,565,0630
The Importance of Being Earnest1,320,000227,925
Gosford Park2,000,0002,000,000
L'Homme du Train500,0000
Mike Bassett: England Manager2,103,0001,688,965
Miranda 849,315112,933
Sex Lives of the Potato Men1,766,2220
Young Adam500,0000
Table 2: New Cinema Fund
TitleNet awardReceipts
Anita and Me680,00017,879
Blind Flight460,00010,000
Bloody Sunday299,500138,830
This Little Life (Entering Blue Zone)241,0000
Hoover Street175,0000
Kiss of Life (Helen of Peckham)510,00010,000
Live Forever212,2491,760
The Magdalene Sisters620,00064,477
Noi the Albino100,0000
One for the Road240,0000
One Love899,8270
Once Upon A Time in the Midlands750,000262,485
Revengers Tragedy510,00010,000
Tomorrow La Scala (Sweeney)247,4060
This is not a Love Song289,65013,047
Touching the Void335,0000


The figures given in the tables relate to films on which the UK Film Council had entered into contracts by 30 June 2003, and therefore do not include all of the awards made to date. Some of the films listed are still in production and have therefore not started to recoup funding.