When the mainstream media refer to how good British talent did at prestigious award ceremonies they often make use of the term: “British Film Industry” but the truth is that what they are making reference to is “industry”, and definitely not “British Film”. At next month’s BAFTA awards, the American film Gravity is competing within the category of “Outstanding British Film” and so herein lies one of the numerous problems within the British psyche and certainly within institutions like the BBC who have never understood what a national cinema means.
I cannot pretend to understand all the techniques to what constitutes the nationality of a film, but instinctively I am aware that Gravity is not a British film. When we spout numbers regarding how many films get made in the UK, the amount of awards our talents receive, how many jobs are made through UK film production and how much revenue is generated in to the economy from such productions; none of those figures highlight ‘the elephant inside the room’ that is that culturally we all do not tell stories that reflect our way of living. Films just like the Full Monty become iconic because films with a uniquely British perspective rarely get made or seen. In fact the only reasons why The Complete Monty became available to a paying market is just because a foreigner committed to it while hailed British institutions like the BBC and Channel Four turned their backs into it.
The amount of films do you observe that reflect our experiences to be British and living on these shores? The amount of films can you see that truly reflect our work places, schools, universities, and personalities. I don’t just mean Ray Winstone! There exists a rainbow array of personality and culture in great britan that has a representation inside the cinema of alongside nil. Forget elitist productions that serve Hollywood’s appetite for the monarchy or English literature; what about our appetite? If you feel people tend not to need to see such British films, then I suggest you investigate the takings in the Full Monty and remind yourself who profited!
Not because the events of Prime Minister Harold Wilson have we had an elected representative put a cost (Eady Levy) on foreigners having access to our paying audience in order to Kia. Ridley Scott, David Puttnam, Alan Parker and others all benefited and grew from this support system. Trust me, we require more than just an Eady Levy to begin any national cinema. The South Korean’s, french, and also the Australians have taken key decisions from Government to safe guard their particular cultures. We, on the contrary have just left it towards the Americans which by definition is not very British.
Until we recognize the necessity for a total shift of consciousness the term “British Film” will forever become a contradiction, just because a film can never be deemed one nationality after it is owned and distributed by another where all of the key decisions are foreign. This does not constitute a national language of cinema, it precipitates whatever we have today: British talent and rxkfcr for export.
Hollywood comprises a small part of the Indian Cinema. It refers to the Mumbai-based hindi-language film industry which is the most favored in India. The name ‘Hollywood’ originates from the two words ‘Bombay’ (the first kind good name for Mumbai) and ‘Hollywood’ (the center for that American Film industry).
Though the vast majority of Hollywood movies is incorporated in the language Hindi, usage of Urdu and English words is very common. The initial Hollywood movie Raja Harishchandra was released in 1913. Raja harishchandra had been a silent movie in monochrome. And also the first Indian audible movie was Alam Ara released in 1931.
The price of Hollywood movies is in million dollars, around 10 million dollars. Hollywood movies are liked and watched by people all around the world. It is most widely used in south-asian countries like Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. Many Pakistanis enjoy Hollywood movies but have some limitations legally. The Indians in South Africa, Nigeria and Morocco form an enormous audience for these particular Hindi movies.