The British Film Industry
LO: To identify key issues within the British Film
LO: To evaluate whether the British Film industry is
popular with audiences
Thinking question: Why have a British film industry?
Who did what in the British Film Industry?
Match the explanation to the institution
Aims to support, develop and
promote the art forms of the moving
An independent, non-governmental body which
classifies and censors film, video as well as
computer and console-based games released in the
The official UK agency for international
cultural relations. Its Film Department
promotes new British films (features
and shorts), internationally
principally through festivals and
showcases. Portal site britfilms.com
Promotes understanding and appreciation of Britain's rich film
and television heritage and culture.
Government backed lead agency for
film in the UK ensuring that the
economic, cultural and educational
aspects of film are effectively
represented at home and abroad.
Main British Production Companies
Can you find films made by these
Ext: Who dominates the
UK film industry?
• USEFUL INFORMATION: BRITISH V AMERICAN
• To qualify as a British film, it needs to meet three of the
following six criteria:
• A British Director
• A British Producer
• A predominantly British cast
• A British production company
• A subject matter that informs on the British experience
• British identity defined by the BFI in 'Sight and Sound' (
• Co-productions with British input count as British films.
• For each of the above explain whether Dredd qualifies as
a British Film
How do British
this films might
attract either a
British or a
Ext: How are
This research uncovered an audience typology that helped to inform the
department’s on going audience development activities. Briefly, the cinema types
uncovered were as follows:
Mainstream: unlikely ever to view anything other than major ‘Hollywood’ style
Mainstream plus: generally mainstream, but apt to see less mainstream films
on a few occasions.
Aficionados: tend to view a mix of films, including major foreign language titles,
and can be encouraged to become even more adventurous in their viewing
Film Buffs1: eschew mainstream films in favour of more extreme, esoteric,
challenging and difficult subject matter (specialised) films.
Which of the above audience types do you feel went to see Dredd? What
evidence can you find to support your answer (look for box office figures, release
patterns, reviews etc)
Questions for Box Office results
• What do the following box office figures
tell us about the British Film industry?
Country of origin
Facts in focus
• UK cinema admissions reached 162 million, up 4% on
• Box office receipts were £821 million, up 8% on 2006.
• 516 films were released for a week or more in the UK and
Republic of Ireland, an increase of 2% on 2006 and 58%
more than in 1998.
• UK films, including co-productions, accounted for 21% of
releases and 29% of the market by value, up 10% on last
• The top 100 films earned almost 91% of the gross box
office, 2% more than in 2006.
• UK films are films made by British
companies and shot wholly or partly in the
UK and/or films that qualify as British
under Schedule 1 of the Films Act 1985 or
under one of the UK's official co-
Research the 2012 film Dredd (directed by Pete Travis). As a rough guide follow the 12 stages of film
production, focus on the following:
Producer (include green light)
Box office gross
Director & Actors
Marketing (posters, trailers, adverts, websites)
Critical reception (reviews-Metacritic & Rotten Tomatoes)
Reasons for lack of success
Technology used (3D cameras, new technology)
Tie-ins (soundtrack CD, toys, comics Etc)
How dominant is British Film in the
• Look at the box office figures:
• What can they tell us about British Film?