Steven Spielberg’s production company, Dreamworks, opposes the planned closure of the UK Film Council. The closure of the Films body was announced by earlier this Summer and has met with wide spread criticism from actors, producers and others within the industry.
The controversy surrounding the planned Tory closure of the UK Film Council continues today and another high profile figure lends their support to the threatened organisation. Since Jeremy Hunt announced the scrapping of the UK Film Council several weeks ago a series of high profile actors and producers have come out in support of the doomed body – the latest to lend their support is Dreamsworks – Steven Speilberg’s production company.
According to The Daily Telegraph a letter has been written by Steve Molen, a senior executive at the company, to the Chancellor George Osbourne. The letter lends Dreamwork’s support to the arts body and confusion as to why the Tories are determined to scrap it.
“This is most disconcerting and confusing. I have grown to trust the UKFC through their studio outreach programme that seems to set the bar for all others. We need assurance that the expertise, location familiarity, 24 hour access, consultation support of the UKFC will remain” – Steve Mollen’s letter to George Osbourne, printed in The Daily Telegraph
Dreamworks now joins the ranks of Clint Eastwood, Mike Leigh and Rebecca O’Brien along with actors Liam Neeson, Emily Blunt, Ian Holm, Bill Nighy and many others who have criticised the Tory proposals. However, not the entire industry is against the move with Julian Fellowes, writer of ITV’s forthcoming new period drama Downton Abbey, supporting Jeremy Hunt and criticising the UK Film Council.