UK Film Council: The End?
Sticking with films for this afternoon's post, and referencing this morning's thought: if you had taken my advice, embarked on a script about the life of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, and got as far as a treatment, you might be disappointed to hear today's news that the government has shouted "Cut!" on the existence of the UK Film Council.
The reason, the government says, is the drive to cut down on unnecessary bureaucracy and costs - a position that Tim Bevan, the chairman of the council, himself took when discussing a potential merger with the British Film Institute earlier this year.
Sides are being taken as I type, with those coming out for and against the proposed abolition - but it seems inevitable that there is risk in changing the ecology of what is a fragile British film industry.
The government is keen to reiterate that it is axing the UK Film Council, not its commitment to continue to financially support the film industry. What's less clear is who will manage the funds if not the Film Council. The government has said it won't be the British Film Institute and it won't create a new agency. So who? The Arts Council? The DCMS itself with film officers? Hardly "arm's length".
The government hopes that this will herald a new era of cost-effective hits, while others worry that the result will be more akin to a disaster movie.
One thing is quite clear, though, for all those with films in some sort of conceptual form as far as any funding option is concerned - the UK Film Council will no longer be an option.
For this government agency, this is The End.