Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 28 December 2014

DreamWorks join Film Council fight

DreamWorks, founded by Steven Spielberg, has joined the UK Film Council controversy
DreamWorks, founded by Steven Spielberg, has joined the UK Film Council controversy

A Hollywood studio founded by Steven Spielberg has waded into the row over the axing of the UK Film Council, according to reports.

A letter signed by an executive at DreamWorks Studios was sent to chancellor George Osborne last week to "express its concern" about the decision, according to Sky News.

The letter is reported to be signed by Steven Molen who is in charge of location decisions for the studio.

Among the films made by DreamWorks on location in Britain are Sweeney Todd and War Horse.

Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced the decision to axe the council last month as part of a drive to cut costs. He said that Government and Lottery support for film would continue.

His announcement sparked fury in the UK film industry with some of its leading lights, including Bill Nighy, Timothy Spall and Emily Blunt, lining up to criticise the decision.

In the US, even Clint Eastwood criticised the Government plans.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport said: "The Government is stopping the support for a film quango not the film industry."

A Treasury spokeswoman refused to comment.

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