The British Film Industry: Elitist, Deluded or Dormant? Doco
The British Film Industry: Elitist, Deluded or Dormant? Doco
The documentary GB does not want you to see! Finally the truth about the UK Film Industry from grassroots to Sir Ben Kingsley!
The documentary GB does not want you to see! Finally the truth about the UK Film Industry from grassroots to Sir Ben Kingsley! Read more
About this project
No matter what you read, hear or see, the British Film Industry is in extremely bad health. This film begs the question: Do we have any British Film Industry at all?
Many films in Britain get made but how many really get seen! Opening up the debate for distribution for indigenous British Films within the UK is the basis for this project.
This is your opportunity to be part of something extraordinary, in a production with Oscar winners and legends.
The film starts with a warning from the film maker, Sir David Lean in 1990, about the future for young new film makers.
The documentary meanders through a cast of contributors. This ranges from upcoming new UK film makers from the grass roots to film maker veterans, politicians, Hollywood insiders, and personnel entrusted to nurture, support and promote new film makers from various parts of the UK. The thread of our story starts with the measuring of attainments from bureaucracies such as the UK Film Council, to the gateways now available to British film makers, access to a paying market, and recognising the true value of culture in reflecting our own unique stories.
How does Britain compare to smaller economies such as France, Denmark, India, Australia and South Korea when it comes to film production? Issues pertaining to the installations of digital projectors into the mainstream cinemas, the crippling virtual print fee alongside the void of any vertically integrated studio in the UK are highlighted as part of a crucial dialogue in respect of what we need and what we mean by the term ‘British Film Industry’. The film concludes with an astonishing debate about why we are where we are in relation to other countries when it comes to cinema in Britain and whether there is any real desire to change the status quo. You decide!
Lee Walton (Filmmaker)
Leigh Bennett (Filmmaker)
Corey Price (Filmmaker)
Mike Olley (Birmingham Broad Street Manager)
Who we are
We have been a two man crew working freelance in film and video production for over a decade.
Robin has an extensive background from the Television industry having worked on various programmes for the BBC such as Top Gear, Gardeners World, Tomorrows World and other television stations over a twelve year period. Robin trained as a cameraman for seven years working for numerous award winning industry cameramen, until setting up RKD Films.
Vinod studied TV and audio production in 1988 at the Sandwell College of Further and Higher Education, still photography at the Birmingham Institute of art and design, before gaining a substantial award to study at the then London International Film School, now The London Film School.
What the money is for?
We need your help to complete this film and take it to market. We are trying to raise £50,000 which is the bare minimum we need to complete this film and take it to only a few hand-picked film festivals.
- Animation - We have been given some fantastic art work by Sir Alan Parker to use in the film and we need the help of a professional animator, as well as options to make certain complicated aspects of the film more clear and informative.
- Archive/Clip Clearances - We are using many clips which are free, but there are a handful of clips for a fee that will help us highlight aspects about the British Film Industry.
- Grading and Sound Mixing
- Legal Fees, E&O insurance
- Festival promotion & travel including merchandise (T-shirts & Mugs, Posters, publicist)
We are giving away as much as possible for anyone who kindly donates for the completion of this film. During our interviews we asked our contributors to sign merchandise specifically for this campaign, and I am sure you will appreciate that it is very difficult to value some of these items as you can't get them anywhere. The value of some of these items for us is priceless as we were lucky enough to meet and have in depth conversations with some of the most legendary figures in British Cinema.
We need your help to spread the word about this project as word of mouth is still the strongest marketing strategy that exists so if you can donate then fantastic if not you can still help us by sharing this with your friends and family.
We all want one thing and that is for a thriving and indigenous British Film Industry and this can only happen once you really highlight the problems and begin the debate.
Risks and challenges
The main challenge for the vision of this project is finding a suitable distributor that can take this film to a wider market with an appropriate amount of promotion and advertising spend so that the general public are aware of this product. This will be dependent in part on the outcome of our submissions to film festivals such as: Cannes, Sundance, Venice and Berlin. Quota Films Limited have total ownership of this project making negotiations and potential bespoke dealings with broadcasters and cinemas a viable though arduous option should no distributor buy this film.
As with all challenging documentaries that are critical of pre-existing policies and practices, should our film reach a discourse amongst the general public, there is a risk of PR spin which would suffocate the film, by diverting attention away from the very real issues that affect The British Film industry.
Robin Dutta (RKD Films) and Vinod Mahindru (Cinemarx) have worked together on numerous video projects that have involved extensive shooting and editing with pending deadlines for which we have met all our obligations. Using the monies from these projects have enabled us to invest in professional equipment that has given us the platform to near complete this feature debut independently. The chances of us not completing this film with funding is very very remote. We have had experience of using funds (Awards for all, please see biography) to complete 2 short films for which we were successful.
The timescale we have set for the delivery of rewards is a rough estimate and we will do all we can to give them to you at the indicated time. Please be assured that we will of course make sure that the rewards are delivered and that our team will do its utmost to send them to you as soon as possible.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter