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Is the British film industry value for money?

Duration:
55 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 04 June 2012

The British film industry receives hundreds of millions of pounds of state support in tax relief and subsidies. But does it deliver in terms of jobs and economic payback? Can we justify funding indigenous British films which struggle to attract large audiences, or should we throw all our weight behind attracting American blockbusters to film here or use our facilities? And what about the cinemas themselves? Are multiplexes with ever bigger and better screens the answer - or should we look to the network of village hall cinemas for a broader range of films beyond the mainstream? The way we watch films could be about to radically change too, as we move on from 3-D to holographic projections. And what if cinemas could measure your fear while you watch - and then alter the film so you become even more frightened? It could happen sooner than you think.

Presented by Julian Worricker
Produced by Paul Waters.

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  • On the location at the filming of Tamil action film Thaandavam on Victoria Embankment in London

    On the location at the filming of Tamil action film Thaandavam on Victoria Embankment in London

    On the location at the filming of Tamil action film Thaandavam on Victoria Embankment in London
    from left… actor Amy Jackson, directorA.L. Vijay, actor Vikram.

  • Julian Worricker and David Choudhry

    Julian Worricker and David Choudhry

    From left…
    Julian Worricker and David Choudhry, British line producer for Thaandavam – on location by the Thames in London.

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