Clint pleads for UK Film Council
Published 09/08/2010 | 13:18
Clint Eastwood has pleaded with Chancellor George Osborne to save the UK Film Council.
The five-time Oscar winner wrote a letter claiming that without the "vigorous support" of the council, his Malpaso production company would not have made its latest movie Hereafter, starring Matt Damon, in Britain, reported the Independent.
"I cannot stress how important the Film Council is to me - I have been following the news of its proposed abolition with great interest... The prospect of losing such a valuable resource is of great concern as we contemplate future projects," he wrote.
Clint warned scrapping the council could discourage some film-makers coming to Britain.
"The Film Council gave us the crucial detailed information we needed to make our decision to shoot in the UK with information on tax credits, availability of crews and other support," he said.
"Without such assistance in the early stages, the likelihood of a London shoot would have been greatly diminished. Locales with active, knowledgeable film commissions are far more appealing to us as producers."
Culture Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, announced the decision to axe the council, which receives £63m a year in grants and Lottery funds to develop the domestic industry in July.
Clint's letter follows a campaign launched to save the council by more than 50 British actors including Bill Nighy, Timothy Spall and Emily Blunt, who accused the Government of threatening a "British success story".