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Leo Enticknap <[log in to unmask]>
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Sun, 6 Dec 1998 16:45:16 +0000
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On Fri, 4 Dec 1998 11:42:46 +0100 Christian Jansen 
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> Hi,
> I´m searching for sources which could hepl me to find out,
> if there´s a relationship between the growth of the GB film industry (in terms 
> of attracted audience) and the amount of state subsidies exists. Thank you very 
> much!  
I'm not aware of any research which has attempted to describe the relationship 
between the two.  However, if by "state subsidy" you mean subsidised exhibition 
(which your definition of growth as an expression of attracted audiences would 
seem to imply), then there has never been any significant subsidy, except 
during the 1940s when the Ministry of Information (which became the Central 
Office of Information in April 1946) operated a non-theatrical scheme (i.e. 
screenings of Government films in venues such as factories and church halls).
There have been various schemes for subsidising film PRODUCTION, however; the 
longest lasting being the so-called Eady Levy, whereby a percentage of 
each cinema ticket sold went back into British film production, which operated 
from 1949 until 1981.  For a full history of this and other schemes, see 
Margaret Dickinson and Sarah Street, "Cinema and State: The Government and the 
Film Industry, 1927-1984" (London, British Film Institute, 1985).
Leo Enticknap
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School of English
University of Exeter
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Devon EX4 4QH
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