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Film Producing in Wales

Sound The Horn and Beat The Drum

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I haven’t got much to say about this article, apart from that it’s an interesting profile of Hollywood producer Ryan Kavanaugh.  Is he a new breed of producer, or just the modern equivalent of the movie moguls of the past?

It was EAVE in Wales week last week, and thanks to Anne-Marie at the Film Agency for Wales, as I was able to sit in on a few sessions.  The most interesting thing I learned is that many European producers see the UK as a difficult co-production partner because of the amount of red tape and hoops you have to jump through in order to unlock the finance for your project, and that one of the stumbling blocks are the huge legal fees incurred because of this.  If Wales is to develop a real feature film culture, something that we’re told is actually happening, then perhaps we need to consider how we can break down some of these barriers, even if it means lobbying government for change.

It was good to meet other like-minded people from Wales at EAVE, and also some from overseas.  I loved seeing how passionate people are about both crunching the numbers and telling stories they truly care about.  After all, even Ryan Kavanaugh cares about having a good script.  Maybe.

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Written by Matthew Redd

November 25, 2009 at 10:33 pm

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  1. I heard a lot of talk of this whilst on mini Eave last week. What exactly are we supposed to be lobbying government about though? Getting media lawyers to drop their fees?? or for the UK to change from ‘common’ to a ‘constitutional (written)’ law? Both seem a little out of reach somehow. Shouldn’t we try and get some legal shorthand or system in place instead which makes the whole legal side of filmmaking more approachable? Shouldn’t we be lobbying the regional film agencies and UKFC instead??

    john shackleton

    November 26, 2009 at 10:40 am

  2. I was thinking a strongly worded letter to the Senedd…

    In reality, it will be interesting to see the next batch of co-production figures from UK Film Council (minus the Harry Potter type films) to see if the situation really is as bleak as our new European friends suggest.

    Matthew Redd

    November 26, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    • Would you like to share your blog on the WPN Matt? Be great to get the conversation going and see what the opinions of other Producers are on this.

      john shackleton

      November 27, 2009 at 12:15 pm

      • I looked at it, but couldn’t work out how to link it directly. Is there a way of syndicating it or something like that? Drop me an email if you know.

        Matthew Redd

        November 27, 2009 at 12:28 pm


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