United Kingdom: Film Funding, the “Corporate Welfare System” and Its Discontents
Newsinger, Jack; Presence, Steve
Steve Presence Stephen2.Presence@uwe.ac.uk
Senior Lecturer in Film Studies
The central argument of the chapter is that despite the now well-established and relatively substantial public funding systems for film production that exist in the UK, there is a lack of democratic scrutiny and accountability. Considerable public funds are directed through various mechanisms towards transnational corporate interests and their national partners: a corporate welfare system for the film industry. This system has had considerable success on its own terms, leveraging massive investment into UK film infrastructure and providing a blueprint for the economic development of other creative industries such as High End TV and Video Games. However, this particular situation means that, despite considerable public interest in a national film industry, key policy objectives about labour such as gender equality, class mobility, ethnic diversity, disability and precarity are unlikely to ever be addressed.
Newsinger, J., & Presence, S. (2018). United Kingdom: Film Funding, the “Corporate Welfare System” and Its Discontents. In R. Teichmann, M. Karmasin, & P. Murschetz (Eds.), Handbook of State Aid for Film: Finance, Industries and Regulation (447-462). (1). Berlin: Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-71716-6
|Acceptance Date||Jan 18, 2016|
|Deposit Date||Jan 18, 2018|
|Peer Reviewed||Not Peer Reviewed|
|Series Title||Media Business and Innovation|
|Book Title||Handbook of State Aid for Film: Finance, Industries and Regulation|
|Keywords||UK, film industry, funding, production, equality, diversity|
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