History of FILM 4
FILM 4 was established in in 1982 by a larger conglomerate Channel 4 to produce
diverse and challenging films. FILM 4 is a free digital television channel in the United
Kingdom and Republic of Ireland. FILM 4 was originally known as FilmFour and became
Channel 4s second channel when it first launched on 1st November 1998
What films have they made?
Johhny English - It was wrote in 2009, worte by the same people of James Bond which
grossed $160 million. Rowan Atkinson starred and the sequal was released in september
Wild-Child - Budget of $20 million. Filmed at Cobham Hall. Was marketed on radio stations,
social networking sites and TV adverts - was a financial flop with 2.2 mill opening weekend.
The Soloist - Based on true Story. Budget $60 mill. Based on books and articles/directed by
Joe Wright. Produced by Gary Foster & Russ Krasnof. Grossed $31,720,158 mill. Paramount
helped distribute through Dreamworks animation and Universal Pictures. Released a year
later than planned, therefore lost oscar potential
Slumdog Millionaire – Budget $15 Mill. Slumdog Millionaire Made $141,319,195 in the
United States alone, but a total $377,910,544 worldwide.
Film 4 makes it clear that their target audience is not family based, however during
the day time they do show family suitable movies. Towards the evening/night they
tend to show more sexual/violent movies, for example, “Superbad” and “American
Production Budgets and
To develop (new) British Talent and be a leader of innovation in the British Film
To invest around £500,000 per film, at a rate of around 20 films a year
To support international (including American) independent film-makers by co-investing
in innovative and interesting foreign films.
To offer a platform for British and independent cinema on terrestrial television by
commiting to showing each one of Film Four Productions films on Channel 4 and it’s
sister station Film Four.
Film 4 Distribute their films successfully by making their channel free view. By doing
this, it reels viewers in looking for a free movie channel that shows adequate movies.
This is also an advantage for Film 4 to attract viewers from competitors such as Sky
Movies, which cost viewers to watch movies.