Physical production chief writes to U.K. gov't
LONDON — DreamWorks has joined the U.K. Film Council fight and has penned a letter “of great concern” to Blighty’s government, making it the second letter from Hollywood this week.The letter to the country’s finance chief, Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, which is signed by prexy of physical production Steve Molen, protests the UKFC’s closure and cites its sudden abolishment as “disconcerting and confusing.” The letter goes on to highlight the UKFC’s advantages and states that its finesse 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 has made pics such as “Sweeney Todd” on location in Blighty and is skedded to lense forthcoming WWI pic “War Horse” in the territory. Earlier this week, Clint Eastwood also wrote to Osborne urging him to reconsider the decision. This followed another letter sent to the Daily Telegraph signed by a slew of top actors and actresses, including Bill Nighy and Emily Blunt, in which they expressed their opposition to the UKFC closure. Blighty’s new coalition government announced its swift decision to ax the UKFC on July 26. The move has sparked controversy amongst industryites on both sides of the Atlantic with many concerned about the lack of any future plan. An independent Facebook petition was started a day after the announcement in a bid to use grassroots efforts to save the UKFC. So far, the page has nearly 50,000 signatures. A spokeswoman for the Department 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.” As it stands, the UKFC is in wind-down mode and is expected to close by April 2012.