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23 January 2024 - British film and high-end television - Oral evidence

Committee Culture, Media and Sport Committee
Inquiry British film and high-end television

Tuesday 23 January 2024

Start times: 9:30am (private) 10:00am (public)

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What is the current state of the UK’s Film and High-End TV industries? 

The Culture, Media and Sport Committee will hold the first session of its inquiry into British Film and High-End TV.  

The inquiry aims to examine challenges facing the British film and high-end television industry and investigate what needs to be done to enhance the UK as a global destination for production.  

Meeting details

At 10:00am: Oral evidence
Inquiry British film and high-end television
Writer, Director and Producer
At 10:45am: Oral evidence
Inquiry British film and high-end television
Chief Executive at UK Cinema Association
Chief Executive at Film Distributors’ Association
Chief Executive at Pact

In the first panel, the Committee will hear from Gurinder Chadha, the acclaimed writer, director and producer of films including Bend It Like Beckham, Bride and Prejudice and Blinded by the Lights, who previously gave evidence to the 2003 inquiry on British film. MPs may examine what has changed for filmmakers in the UK over the past two decades and whether films have the same cultural impact as they had in the past.  

Members could explore the importance of theatrical releases in the age of streaming and whether diversity has improved within the industry over past decades. They may also discuss the filmmaker’s attitudes towards AI, including concerns about films being used to train AI models.  

In the second panel, MPs will hear evidence from the CEOs of leading production, distribution and exhibition trade bodies. Members may ask about key issues facing their respective sectors, the ecosystem of British film and the impact of the SAG-AFTRA strikes on the UK industry. 

Questions could also be asked about the best ways to support domestic films, including tax reliefs, levies and quotas, and how the industry plans to tackle skills shortages and recruitment issues.  


The Grimond Room, Portcullis House

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