When the mainstream media refer to how well 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 one of the numerous problems within the British psyche and definitely within institutions such as the BBC that have never understood what a national cinema means.
I cannot pretend to understand all the answers to what constitutes the nationality of a film, but instinctively I understand that Gravity will not be a British film. Whenever we spout numbers about how many films get made in the united kingdom, the number of awards our talents receive, the amount of jobs are made through UK film production and how much revenue is generated in to the economy from such productions; none of such figures highlight ‘the elephant in the room’ which is that culturally we all do not tell stories that reflect our lifestyle. Films just like the Full Monty become iconic because films using a uniquely British perspective rarely get made or seen. In reality the only real reason why The Entire Monty became accessible to a paying marketplace is just because a foreigner invested in it while hailed British institutions like the BBC and Channel Four turned their backs onto it.
How many films can you observe that reflect our experiences for being British and living on these shores? How many films do you observe that truly reflect our work places, schools, universities, and personalities. I don’t just mean Ray Winstone! We have a rainbow selection of personality and culture in Britain which has a representation in the cinema of close to nil. Forget elitist productions that serve Hollywood’s appetite for that monarchy or English literature; what about our appetite? If you feel that people tend not to need to see such British films, then Make sure you investigate 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 the ability to access our paying audience to be able to profile. Ridley Scott, David Puttnam, Alan Parker and many others all benefited and grew out of this support system. Believe me, we need more than just an Eady Levy to begin any national cinema. The South Korean’s, the French, and also the Australians have all taken key decisions from Government to safe guard their unique cultures. We, on the other hand have just left it for the Americans which obviously is not very British.
Until we recognize the need for a total shift of consciousness the word “British Film” will forever become a contradiction, just because a film will never be deemed one nationality after it is owned and distributed by another where each of the key decisions are foreign. This will not constitute a national language of cinema, it precipitates what we have today: British talent and rxkfcr for export.
Hollywood comprises a small part of the Indian Cinema. It means the Mumbai-based hindi-language film industry which is the most widely used in India. The name ‘Hollywood’ comes from the 2 words ‘Bombay’ (the former good name for Mumbai) and ‘Hollywood’ (the center for that American Film industry).
Though the vast majority of Hollywood movies is incorporated in the language Hindi, usage of Urdu and English words is extremely common. The initial Hollywood movie Raja Harishchandra was launched in 1913. Raja harishchandra was actually a silent movie in monochrome. As well as the first Indian audible movie was Alam Ara released in 1931.
The price of Hollywood movies is at million dollars, around ten million dollars. Hollywood movies are liked and watched by people all across the globe. It is most popular in south-asian countries like Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. Many Pakistanis enjoy Hollywood movies but possess some limitations legally. The Indians in South Africa, Nigeria and Morocco form a massive audience for these Hindi movies.