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PostPosted: Fri Sep 07, 2007 8:24 am 
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Top notch article from GuardianOnline.

Wholeheartedly agree with it. :cry:


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OK, I agree with some of that, too... although Patterson seems to have missed the fact that Iain Banks' Complicity and Crow Road have been adapted (if only for TV in the case of the latter)...

But the situation is worse than just missed opportunities for new films, as the British cine- industry ('cindustry'?) even ignores stuff we have already made, as I found recently watching a documentary about silents, while lamenting the complete lack of any DVD for intriguing British SF like High Treason, especially at a time when Lang's Metropolis is almost bargain-priced on disc, and the collected Eisenstein is now getting a boxset re-release.

Meanwhile, anyone interested in some ideas for a British remake of home-grown TV classic The Champions (before Hollywood - just look at their appalling track record for such things! - makes a right old mess of it)?

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Um, he mentions Pressburger but not Powell. His agenda is showing...


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iansales wrote:
Um, he mentions Pressburger but not Powell. His agenda is showing...

True. And he overlooks various other counter-examples. Enduring Love, The Constant Gardener (ok, a US studio, but a British producer).

I can also think of certain classic American books that the US industry has ignored - it was left to Truffaut to make 'Fahrenheit 451', for example.

The real question, of course, is why so many Brit films are financed by American money.

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Mike A wrote:
I can also think of certain classic American books that the US industry has ignored - it was left to Truffaut to make 'Fahrenheit 451', for example.


French director, American producer, but filmed in the UK with a British cast - does that make it a British film?
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iansales wrote:
Mike A wrote:
I can also think of certain classic American books that the US industry has ignored - it was left to Truffaut to make 'Fahrenheit 451', for example.


French director, American producer, but filmed in the UK with a British cast - does that make it a British film?
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American writer, German star... location by accident, probably (or tax reasons.)


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