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UK Film Industry

Volume 488: debated on Monday 2 March 2009

10. To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the recent performance of the UK film industry. (259236)

The United Kingdom’s film industry is, I am glad to say, performing very well indeed, box office take was £100 million in January and the three most successful releases last year were British made.

In addition, British films have had unprecedented success in this year’s awards season and I would like to congratulate all the British winners at the Oscars, the Baftas and the golden globes—especially Danny Boyle and all those involved with “Slumdog Millionaire”; and Kate Winslet. A mention also to Simon Chinn who got best documentary feature for “Man on Wire” (which received substantial funding from the UK film council).

But, that said, film production fell in the UK during 2008 but we are working closely with the UK film council to ensure better results in 2009.