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British Prime Minister David Cameron wants more lottery money for British films

11 January 2012

British Prime Minister David Cameron has urged the British film industry to attempt to make more films with mainstream appeal.

The PM is expected to to back the findings of a review into the government's film policy during a visit to Pinewood Studios today, with a key recommendation being that more national lottery funding be assigned to "commercially successful pictures".

Ahead of the review led by Lord Chris Smith and compiled by eight industry experts including Downton Abbey's Julian Fellowes, The Guardian quote Cameron saying "Our role, and that of the BFI, should be to support the sector in becoming even more dynamic and entrepreneurial, helping UK producers to make commercially successful pictures that rival the quality and impact of the best international productions.

Just as the British Film Commission has played a crucial role in attracting the biggest and best international studios to produce their films here, so we must incentivise UK producers to chase new markets both here and overseas."

While the UK Film industry is worth £4.2 billion, Arts Minister Ed Vaizey said back in May last year that it is "still not as profitable as it should be for British filmmakers".

British independant cinemas has had success recently with The King's Speech picking up four Academy Awards including Best Actor for Colin Firth and became the highest grossing independent picture of all time and The Inbetweeners Movie recorded the biggest opening for a UK produced comedy in 2011.