It's always been accepted that the largest films the United States has to offer are usually blockbusters starring either Will Smith or, God forbid, Shia LaBoeuf. Should we get tired of exploding car-robots, we could always turn to England for films of a less mind-numbing nature. But today, Pinewood Studios, Britain's major film-production company, is being chastised by Prime Minister David Cameron for being so bloody indie-oriented. And if, like me, you're wondering why politicos are getting involved, it's because a large number of British films are backed by government financing. (On this note, America's film industry requires no financial intervention from the government, so what's our excuse for mediocrity? Oh, right: Michael Bay.)
The British Film Commission is taking the prime minister's recommendations to heart in an effort to create a more competitive industry (a.k.a. appealing to a mass market to generate more revenue). The plan to revamp the distinctive independent vibe of British cinema comes, ironically, in the wake of a highly prosperous year, including a coup for The King's Speech, which became the highest-grossing indie film in England's history.
The Film Policy Review, chaired by Lord Chris Smith, will supposedly determine what the demands of British filmgoers are. According to Smith, the objective of the review is to get a vast consensus as "filmmakers, distributors, audiences and experts can all offer a useful perspective on how government policy can help our film industry grow.” Similar to the democratic voting process, it sounds like a good idea on paper to get everyone involved, but will more than likely result in disagreements, ineptitude, and British explosion-porn starring Kenneth Branagh.