Johnny Lee In cooperation with television company FilmFour, the UK Film Council has announced the creation of two "mini-studios" with the goal of making it possible for more British directors to get films made. The studios, called Warp X and Qwerty Film, will both received three million pounds/year to "develop, finance and distribute UK films." Additionally, Warp X has found five million pounds on its own, which gives it eight million in total to devote to new UK filmmaking

What a freaking brilliant idea. Why do we never do this here? Most of the countries in Europe with filmmaking traditions have, at some point, offered government funding to make new, low-budget films-- and it frequently has had a massive effect. It can be convincingly argued, for example, that the French New Wave would never have happened without money from the government (and without a naked Bardot in ...And God Created Woman but, hey -- whatever gets the attention of the suits), which allowed literally hundreds of directors to make their first films.  Sure, most of it was crap.  But 400 Blows wasn't. Breathless wasn't. The New German Cinema (which produced Werner Herzog, WimWenders, and Rainer Werner Fassbinder) was also initially very reliant on governments funds. Both programs accepted scripts from prospective directors and judged their quality. Not, say, their number of explosions, or boobs, or fart jokes. I mean, how cool would it be if Americans could make good movies, without worrying about profits, or producers, or demographics? Yeah, I know. Crazy talk.

Screw it -- let's all go see Deuce Bigalow!
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