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Filmmaker Mike Leigh and Liam Neeson Express Outrage Over British Government’s Decision To Axe UK Film Council

The British government has decided to axe a program that provided over £15 million worth of funding to British filmmakers annually. Filmmaker Mike Leigh who has benefited from the government subsidy in the past, receiving funding for his Oscar nominated films Vera Drake and Happy Go-Lucky, expressed his outrage, telling the BBC:

It’s very shocking indeed. It’s from left of field in a very sudden and devastating way.

During the London premiere of The A-Team, Liam Neeson, who has starred in films that benefited from the Film Council funding such as Breakfast on Pluto and The Other Man, didn’t mince words when he told a reporter:

I think the decision is… the word ‘deplorable’ comes to mind. We have to do something about it. We need movies. It’s a powerful industry that provides a credible entertainment for millions of people and I think it is wrong, I just think it is wrong for the government [to do this].

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