UK Box Office Survives a 89 Percent Crash

Pop quiz, hot shot… What year had the most cinema tickets sold in the UK?   Was it the time of the Hollywood epic such as ‘Cleopatra‘ (1963)? Maybe the first wave of blockbusters like ‘Jaws‘ (1975) and ‘Star Wars‘ (1977).  ‘Avatar‘ (2009) perhaps? Or has ‘Pacific Rim‘ done so well as to make 2013 beat all previous records? (more…)

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49 Interesting Facts about the UK Film Industry

The BFI have published the latest version of their annual publication, the BFI Statistical Yearbook 2013, which focuses on data collected in 2012.

You can download the full 254 page report here at I’ve gone through and picked out what I regard as the 49 most interesting nuggets about the UK Film Industry.

1. Women only made up 13% of screenwriters and 8% of directors.  Both figures are lower than 2011 (19% and 15% respectively).

2. The BFI awarded £1m to short films in 2012.

3. 200 films passed the Cultural Test in 2012 to become officially ‘British’. Of these, 13 were official co-productions.

4. On average, films passing the Cultural Test were able to class 71% of their total budget as ‘Production Costs’ …

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Raters Gonna Rate – UK film censorship

It’s not often I get to start a blog post with a warning so I’m going to take full advantage of this.  Ahem.. Viewers are advised that this blog post contains 7 f**ks, 1 t**t, a b***h, a c**t (sorry), discussion of illegal acts and some really shocking graphs. You have been warned (or enticed, if that’s what you’re after).

  • Overview of the BBFC
  • The certifications
  • Swearing, violence and sex
  • Difference between American and UK UK film censorship
  • Figures for UK film censorship broken down by certification
Raters gonna rate

The UK film censorship ratings system is managed by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC). The BBFC is not run by the government; it’s a private company funded by the film industry (2012 turnover = £6 million). …

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UK Tax Credit for Short Films

A few years ago I wrote an article for Moviescope magazine about my discovery that short films are eligible for the UK Tax Credit.  I’m reposting in on my blog in 2013 and it’s possible that the rules have changed. One big change is that the UK Film Council is no more and all their duties are being handled by the BFI.

If you’re planning to use this scheme please check the current rules before relying on what I’ve written below.  Things change, and you don’t want to find out after it’s too late.

Anyway, now that that’s said, here’s the article…

Tax is rarely exciting. It falls between dealing with insurance and music clearances in the top ten things I dislike most about my job. However, it’s a necessary evil and …

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