Jude LawThe British Film Festival in Dinard, France (yeah, I don't get it either) over the weekend turned into something of a round table on the state of British cinema, and no one seemed very optimistic about the future. As it is anywhere else, getting funding is the key for would-be filmmakers. The problem, however, is that almost no one wants to finance a film that doesn't have a "bankable" star attached. Not totally unreasonable, obviously - these people want to get a return on their investments. But when the stars that are seen as "bankable" in the US and Europe are pretty much just Ewan McGregor and Jude Law? Then you've got some issues. (Particularly since both seem to have lost most of their American box office power.)

As a result of the cautiousness of big financiers, many projects get the money they need by signing deals with a whole bunch of sources - six, seven, or eight at a time. While this is a great system when it works out, if one single financier gets cold feet, the movie is dead in the water, a situation that happens far too often. Actors, according to Timothy Spall, often find themselves "attached to five or six projects that never get made."

In an effort to escape the instability of the movie industry, some directors are turning to television, where budgets are smaller and the need for stars is not so great. There they can work in relative peace without constantly thinking about profits, and the return on investments. Who knew filmmakers had it so tough?
categories Movies, Cinematical