GOV’T TO LURE FILMERS TO BRITAIN

LONDON – The U.K. government has pledged to come up with a new legal definition of a “British” film, in order to encourage foreign producers to shoot in Britain.

Secretary of State for National Heritage Virginia Bottomley wants to make the definition more flexible, so that more films are eligible for the funding and tax benefits available to British movies.

The government also is planning to set up a new forum to build a permanent bridge between the film and finance worlds. This forum will be chaired by Sir Peter Middleton, who headed the government’s advisory committee on film financing earlier this year.

These new policies represent the government’s response to the report submitted by the original Middleton committee this summer.

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