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WJEC AS Film Studies FM2 Exemplar

Rob Miller | Tuesday March 11, 2014

Categories: A Level, EDUQAS A Level, EDUQAS AS, FM2, Section B: British Film Topics, Genres & Case Studies, British Film, Comedy, Hot Entries

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Study the items in Part A of the resource material for use with Section A Question 1.

Item 1: Newspaper article: ‘British cinema is booming

British cinema is booming

You have only got to listen to Jonathan Ross when interviewing British film actors – the British Film Industry is booming.

  • British films such as 12 Years a Slave, Gravity, Philomena and Skyfall have been winning awards and achieving critical and commercial success all around the world.
  • Two of the top-grossing films at the UK box office this year are British (Skyfall and Gravity).
  • British films no longer have to rely on DVDs sales for commercial success.

Paul Webster, Producer and co owner of Shoebox Films states:

‘I doubt the current success will last. The problem for British film is that it needs regular funding and a sustainable distribution network. The UK Film Council, now the BFI assisted British Film up to a point but mainly with smaller grants to independent films.’

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Eve Gabereau, co-founder of Soda Pictures suggests that:

‘mainstream revenue is important for British films but what we see regularly at multiplex cinemas is dictated by the tastes of the British public. We would love to produce a commercially successful film like The King’s Speech but we don’t feel the opportunities are there.

Adapted from the Huffington Post, October 2013

Item 2: Department for Culture, Media and Sport report on the British Film Industry

After consulting with a number of institutions including BAFTA, Skillset and the BFI, the government has made the following recommendations for British film to build on current success and allow the industry to make a positive contribution to the economy.

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The key findings suggest:

  • A need for film education in all schools – all pupils must have the chance to learn about British film.
  • Major British media institutions need to...

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