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Film boss dismisses action movies

Published 12/05/2015

Christine Langan's credits include some of the most successful British films
Christine Langan's credits include some of the most successful British films

The film boss whose credits include Made In Dagenham, Philomena and An Education has dismissed the spate of increasingly spectacular computer-generated imagery (CGI) movies, saying that "the serpent eats its tail eventually".

As head of BBC Films, Christine Langan's titles also include I n The Loop, Saving Mr Banks, Alan Partridge: Alpha Piper and We Need To Talk About Kevin.

High-octane films Fast And Furious 7 and Avengers: Age Of Ultron have been recent box office smashes.

Asked whether audiences were becoming addicted to adrenaline hits, Ms Langan replied: "No, because they're not about the stuff of life! People live in families and communities, among different generations."

She said that The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, starring Dame Judi Dench and Dame Maggie Smith, proved that older audiences are "well trained in going to the cinema, and there is a taste for stories told at a particular pace, very considerately, which flies in the face of the enormous CGI budgets...

"The serpent eats its tail eventually, and sometimes I watch those films thinking how much bigger can this get? You had me at the first explosion. But then, I'm not the target audience."

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