Puttnam on the end of UKFC

Posted on 15 October 2010


Directors’ cut: the end of UKFC

David Puttnam

Published 14 October 2010

In abolishing the UK Film Council, Jeremy Hunt has shown himself to be ignorant of history. David Puttnam challenges him to explain his decision

On 15 June 1990, I was one of 20 senior representatives of the British film world invited to 10 Downing Street by Margaret Thatcher to discuss the parlous state of the industry and to find out what her government might be able to do about it. Sitting alongside the prime minister was Lew Wasserman, head of Universal Studios and a man who, over almost six decades, had deployed a mix of business acumen and political guile to establish himself as by far the most powerful man in Hollywood.

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