London– Following Clint Eastwood’s appeal, DreamWorks has joined the fight to save the U.K. Film Council from the ax, and has penned a letter “of great concern” to Blighty’s government.
The letter to the country’s finance chief, Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, is signed by prexy of physical production Steve Molen. It protests plans to close the UKFC and cites its abolishment as “disconcerting and confusing.”
The letter goes on to highlight the film council’s advantages and states that its expertise with studios “seems to set the bar for all others.”
Steven Spielberg’s studio further asked for reassurance that all of the operations performed by the public body would remain intact for filmmakers looking to shoot in the U.K.
DreamWorks made “Sweeney Todd” in Blighty and is skedded to lense forthcoming WWI pic “War Horse” in the country.
Last week, Eastwood wrote to Osborne urging him to reconsider the decision, made as part of the U.K.’s overall budget cuts.
This followed an open letter sent to the Daily Telegraph signed by a slew of thesps, including Bill Nighy and Emily Blunt, in support of the film council.
The July 26 announcement by Blighty’s new coalition government that it intended to close the UKFC by April 2012 came out of the blue.
It sparked immediate concern among industryites on both sides of the Atlantic as the government had no plan then, or now, for how the body’s responsibilities would be divvied up.
An independent Facebook petition was started a day after the announcement in a bid to use grassroots efforts to save the film council. So far, the page has nearly 50,000 signatures.
A spokeswoman for the Dept. of Culture, Media and Sport said, “Ministers do intend to write to people in the film industry and invite them to discuss what we can all do going forward. We welcome a dialogue with the film industry; we’ve made that clear from the get-go.”