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New Publication: The Box Office Performance of European Films in the UK Market
Volver Huw D Jones has published a new article in Studies in European Cinema on ‘The Box Office Performance of European Films in the UK Market’. The article examines two key questions:(1) why is the UK market for European film so small; and (2) how do certain European films achieve ‘breakout’ success? The key findings of the research – which is based on statistical analysis of box office data and audience ...
BFI launches consultation amid concerns over Brexit vote
BFI This week the BFI launched a public consultation on its next five-year strategy. Huw D Jones reports from the Leeds roadshow event. Following in the wake of last week’s dramatic Brexit vote, BFI chief Amanda Neville sought to reassure workers in Yorkshire’s creative sector that she remained ‘confident about the future’ of the UK film and television industries.
Debate on the implications of Brexit for UK film and TV – European Screens conference (Uni of York, 5-7 Sept 2016)
brexit Debate on the implications of Brexit for UK film and TV – European Screens conference (University of York, 5-7 Sept) University of York, 5-7 September, 2016 The British voters’ decision to leave the European Union is likely to have multiple consequences for the film and television industries in the UK and beyond. MEDIA/Creative Europe funding, UK/European co-productions, the availability of British content on EU screens and EU content on ...
Beyond the Box Office: What European films are most popular on TV, DVD and VOD?
film-on-ipad-and-Iphone While cinema admissions data is publicly available, viewing figures for European films on TV, DVD and VOD is harder to come by. Huw D Jones examines how to overcome this problem. One of the main challenges researching the market for European film is determining what Europeans actually watch. While the European Audiovisual Observatory’s LUMIERE database provides pretty accurate data on cinema admissions across Europe, viewing figures for TV, DVD ...
Stories not stars sell specialised films, BFI exit polls show
questionnaire Over the past decade the British Film Institute (BFI) has conducted over 170 cinema exit polls for the British independent and specialised films it supports. Huw D Jones analyses the data and asks what lessons are there for distributors. Understanding what makes audiences tick is a key concern for the film business. Knowing what motivates cinemagoers to watch a particular movie can help distributors improve the way they market their films.
China or Europe – Where Next for UK Co-Productions?
cameron-china-2__131202164202 As the first UK/China film co-production is announced, Huw D Jones argues Britain shouldn’t neglect its established ties with Europe. To coincide with Chinese President Xi Jinping’s official state visit to the UK this week, Britain’s first film co-production with China was announced at a ‘creative showcase’ event in London. Earth: One Amazing Day (working title) is the sequel to Earth (2007), the second highest grossing nature documentary ...
Are EU policies impeding the UK market for European film?
Box office The BFI says there are too many UK cinema releases, making it harder for European films to make a mark. Huw Jones asks if EU policies designed to help such films are to blame. May bank holiday is a popular time to catch a movie. But British cinema-goers were spoilt for choice this year, with 23 new releases coming out the same week, including an adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s Far from ...
Conference Report: New Directions in Film and TV Production Studies
ChasEPwatershed4/6/2002- Huw Jones reports on the New Directions in Film and Television Production Studies, at the Watershed, Bristol, April 14-15, 2015 Production studies is a particularly a ‘hot’ topic for film and media scholars at the moment – or at least it seems that way, as over 100 academics from across the UK, Europe and as far afield as Australia, US and the Caribbean crammed into the Watershed in Bristol for the ...
UK Should Export More Films to China and Brazil, Says BFI Chief
cameron-china-2__131202164202 Huw D Jones reports on the Westminister Media Forum: Next Steps for the UK film industry, held at the Caledonian Club, London, July 17, 2014. China and Brazil should be priority markets for British film exports, BFI chief executive Amanda Nevill told an industry gathering in London on July 17. Nevill acknowledged some within the film industry remained skeptical about the BFI’s international strategy, but pointed ...
Foreign Language European Films in UK Cinemas
French comedy drama Untouchables was a hit across Europe in 2012, except in the UK. Subtitled dramas like The Killing and The Bridge have become a regular feature of British TV schedules  over recent years. Yet UK cinema admissions for foreign language European films remain low. Huw D Jones explores this paradox. Last Saturday over 1 million Britons tuned-in to watch the Italian detective series Inspector De Luca, the latest foreign language import to be shown in BBC Four’s Saturday evening drama ...
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