When the mainstream media refer to how good British talent did at prestigious award ceremonies they often utilize the term: “British Film Industry” but the truth is that what they are making reference to is “industry”, and definitely not “British Film”. At next month’s BAFTA awards, the American film Gravity is competing in the category of “Outstanding British Film” and so herein lies among the many problems within the British psyche and certainly within institutions such as the BBC that have never understood what a national cinema means.
I cannot pretend to understand all the solutions to what constitutes the nationality of the film, but instinctively I know that Gravity is not a British film. When we spout numbers regarding how many films get made in the UK, the amount of awards our talents receive, the number of jobs are produced through UK film production and exactly how much revenue is generated to the economy from such productions; none of such figures highlight ‘the elephant within the room’ which is that culturally we do not tell stories that reflect our lifestyle. Films such as the Full Monty become iconic because films using a uniquely British perspective rarely get made or seen. In reality the only reason why The Entire Monty became offered to a paying industry is just because a foreigner dedicated to it while hailed British institutions such as the BBC and Channel Four turned their backs into it.
The amount of films do you see that reflect our experiences for being British and living on these shores? How many films would you notice that truly reflect our work places, schools, universities, and personalities. I don’t just mean Ray Winstone! There exists a rainbow selection of personality and culture in the uk which has a representation inside the cinema of next to nil. Forget elitist productions that serve Hollywood’s appetite for the monarchy or English literature; how about our appetite? If you feel that people do not need to see such British films, then Make sure you look into the takings from the Full Monty and remind yourself who profited!
Not since the events of Prime Minister Harold Wilson have we had an elected representative put a value (Eady Levy) on foreigners accessing our paying audience to be able to profile. Ridley Scott, David Puttnam, Alan Parker and others all benefited and grew out of this support system. Believe me, we must have more than just an Eady Levy to begin any national cinema. The South Korean’s, the French, as well as the Australians have got all taken key decisions from Government to safe guard their unique cultures. We, on the contrary have just left it towards the Americans which by definition is not really very British.
Until we recognize the need for an entire shift of consciousness the word “British Film” will forever be a contradiction, since a film can never be deemed one nationality after it is owned and distributed by another where each of the key decisions are foreign. This does not constitute a national language of cinema, it precipitates whatever we have today: British talent and rxkfcr for export.
Hollywood comprises a little portion of the Indian Cinema. It refers to the Mumbai-based hindi-language film industry the most favored in India. The name ‘Hollywood’ arises from the two words ‘Bombay’ (the former name for Mumbai) and ‘Hollywood’ (the center for that American Film industry).
Though the majority of Hollywood movies is in the language Hindi, use of Urdu and English words is very common. The very first Hollywood movie Raja Harishchandra was released in 1913. Raja harishchandra had been a silent movie in white and black. And also the first Indian audible movie was Alam Ara released in 1931.
The expense of Hollywood movies is in million dollars, around ten million dollars. Hollywood movies are liked and watched by people all around the world. It is actually most widely used in south-asian countries like Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. Many Pakistanis enjoy Hollywood movies but get some limitations by law. The Indians in South Africa, Nigeria and Morocco form an enormous audience for these particular Hindi movies.