British indie films 'are under threat from tax breaks for television series'


Christine Langan, head of BBC Films, has warned that whilst the Government's tax breaks for the film industry are a good thing, the extension of the support to more expensive TV dramas and American movies could threaten the UK film industry, as resources and crew become more in demand, potentially driving up production costs. Ms Langan, who was behind international hits including Philomena, An Education and Saving Mr Banks, says it is important to ensure that the low-budget British film industry is safeguarded from growing competition, and that BBC Films, Film4 and the British Film Institute are allowed to work alongside US blockbusters, such as the new Star Wars episode, in order to nurture the next generation of talent across the sector. Speaking about the future of BBC Films, Ms Langan said that it is important that the public are aware of what the 'international brand' does with an annual budget of £10m and a staff of a dozen. She noted that every pound invested into the brand 'attracts at least another six', with often the BBC name being the vote of confidence that secures other investment.


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