The public flocked to see British films last year as UK box-office takings passed £1bn for the first time. The British Film Institute, publishing its 10th annual Statistical Yearbook yesterday, hailed 2011 as a year in which "British film thrived".
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Saturday 21 April 2012
Acclaimed production to close less than eight weeks into its run
Saturday 11 February 2012
Much more than a chance to turn a royal hit film into royalties
Tuesday 31 January 2012
The success of The King's Speech and The Inbetweeners has helped independent British films to a greater share of box office receipts than ever before.
Wednesday 25 January 2012
I've always viewed the Oscars roughly the way I view Formula One: I'm quite interested in knowing the results, but the process by which they're produced is basically unwatchable. Over here, where things are still amateur enough that something is liable to go wrong – see Freddie Starr's recent inscrutable performance at the Comedy Awards – they're still reasonably entertaining.
Friday 30 December 2011
The action film Fast Five, the fifth in the Fast and the Furious franchise, has been illegally downloaded more than any other film this year.
Sunday 08 May 2011
A reassuring tale of friendship and determination overcoming every obstacle, The King's Speech was the safe, conventional choice for Oscar voters.
Friday 06 May 2011
Tom Hooper's determinedly feelgood period piece doesn't delve too much into that ghastly Hitler business, and doesn't address the fact that Winston Churchill was allegedly rather fonder of the abdicating Edward, than his brother, Albert ("Bertie" to his nearest), Duke of York.
Wednesday 09 March 2011
The film studio Pinewood Shepperton hopes to grab a share of the profits of successful British movies, such as The King's Speech, by investing in small budget British films.
Sunday 06 March 2011
Tuesday 01 March 2011
Colin Firth has revealed he opposes plans to release an edited version of The King's Speech, which won four Oscars at the Academy Awards on Sunday night.
Monday 21 February 2011
Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation has unveiled a £415 million deal to buy the TV production company set up by his daughter.
Friday 18 February 2011
The theatre agent who discovered the script for The King's Speech and was instrumental in casting one of its lead actors will not attend this month's Academy Awards, where the film is expected to sweep the board.
Thursday 27 January 2011
Could the success of The King's Speech boost efforts to help children with communication difficulties?
Thursday 20 January 2011
She was a quiet baby, and a quiet child. But it was not to an extent that was particularly alarming. I remember sitting in the garden with my husband, saying: 'This time next year, we won't be able to shut her up.'"
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