Wednesday, 23 September 2015

The British Film Industry and America's Influence

  1. What % of global box office was the British film industry responsible for?  15%
  2. What was this % in 2009? 6.8%
  3. What might this change indicate about British film? That the demographic is changing
  4. What films have been responsible for this change? Skyfall, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2, and The King's Speech
  5. What % of the British film industry makes a profit?  7%
  6. What % of Hollywood films make a profit?  17%
  7. How does that % differ between £2m and £10m budget British films? 4% of £2 million budget films make a profit whilst 17% of £10 million budget films make a profit
  8. What might we infer from this difference? The percentage improves as budgets rise
  9. Which age group makes up the largest % of UK cinema goers? Aged 45 and over
  10. Why do you think this might be? It is said that more films that have been released into the cinemas are being aimed towards this age group
  11. Which 'type' of film has seen an 18% drop in attendance? 3D
  12. Within that 'type' which genre has seen the biggest fall? Big family films e.g. Madagascar 3
  13. What did Charles Grant put this decline down to? families needing to economise, and that prices mounted when the 3D premium is taken into account alongside the need for several tickets and parking
  14. Who is Paul Greengrass? A British film director
  15. How did he describe the British film industry? He described it as a "success story" and predicted that it would continue to see international growth
  16. What did a BFI spokesperson say was the point of less profitable low budget British films? That they are successful and beneficial to the industry for other reasons like skills and training development and for artistic and cultural importance
  17. What was the budget for Filth and how much money did it take? The budget was £2 million and made £4 million
  18. What advantage did James McAvoy feel £100m films have over low budget films? They have a massive budget to sell the film if it's not very good
  19. What is VOD? Video On Demand
  20. What % increase did VOD see last year? 50%
  21. What impact might VOD have on distributers and Studios? They might become less important
  22. What impact has it had on Blockbuster rental stores? It has caused them to lose a lot of money and even close a lot of stores down
  23. What was unique about Ben Wheatleys 'A Field In England'? it was the first UK film to be released simultaneously in cinemas, on DVD, on TV and through video-on-demand
  24. What does director of The Machine Caradog James think is the toughest part of film making? Making a good film reach an audience
  25. Why have rules been relaxed on what makes a film 'British'? To help encourage investment in the UK film industry
  26. How has the use of visual effects in films been encouraged? The points for visual effects has been increased
  27. Name five of these rules and link them to The Kings Speech, Kill List and The World's End  
  • film set in the uk       
  • lead characters British citizens or residents           
  • British director, scriptwriter, producer, composer, key staff, crew 
  • Original dialogue recorded mainly in English language             
  • Film based on British subject matter or underlying material                                                              
  • The three films above fit most if not all of the above criteria, and are therefore qualified as British films
    28.  What rules has chancellor George Osbourne announced for tax on British films? That tax relief         would be increased from 20% to 25% on the first £20 million of qualifying production expenditure
    29.  What is the highest grossing film in UK box office history? James Bond: Skyfall
    30.  How much has it taken and how many screens was it available on? Globally it has taken               $870m (£540m) and was available on 587 cinema screens across the UK and Ireland alone

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