Latest Update 28 October 2013
Jonathan Stuart-Brown for SAVE THE BRITISH FILM INDUSTRY.
This website will now be used for a much wider purpose than previously.
It will now be used to defend the Name of Israel and Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel.
It will point out the Genesis 12 verse 3 analysis of history and why every UK Government minister, business, University, household should study it with care.
It will stand up for the truly great works of William Shakespeare with his artistic and intellectual inheritance to this nation – which along with The Bible inspired the likes of Charles Boot and J Arthur Rank and others to set up the film studio premises (and especially sound stages) in the 1920s and 30s on then dirt cheap lands.
It will review some films and praise some real British film industry giants which have steered billions of pounds of investment in jobs and artistic creation into the UK.
It will expressly oppose the Polo Mint economy . An economy with a huge hole in the middle.
Polo Mints are fantastic mints but not a model for an economy or stable happy society.
UK Governments of every political colour have been specifically building the polo mint economy since at least 1984 and to some extent since the late 1960s. Then again people across the UK used to pray in homes, schools, hospitals, universities, churches, cathedrals, even private companies and houses of Parliament for wise just moral political leaders. Maybe as the prayers stopped, so did the answers.
We will occasionally update on the original reason the website emerged in 2009. However, by now the threat to the sound stages which exist in the UK has been very well aired. The repeated and obstinate failure to expand these sound stages across the UK has cost the nation 200 000 high quality jobs, ideal for Neets to aspire to. After four years the Government, Opposition, Local Council Leaders and CEOs across the nation have had countless opportunities to act – and confidentially some have at least come to the water – but ultimately the ‘club’ which wants to keep film industry in the UK a cottage industry have continued to succeed. The rubber hits the road when the existing UK sound stages finally fall into the hands of people who want to cash in on London property prices or just get out competed by the very much better sound stages built in several countries over the last few years. The work – which is almost entirely foreign investors renting sound stages here then crewing up locally – will be between 200 and 6500 miles away.
The latest Pinewood Shepperton appeal goes to Public Inquiry on November 19 and they will this time probably get a recommendation for planning permission to build on greenbelt land to be built. The Secretary of state will probably endorse this immediately. Thus the greenbelt land stopping London expanding will be torn down and within months a thousand greenbelts – including The New Forest – be concreted over between Oxford, Bournemouth and the garden of England known as Kent. It will not lead to more film production not more film jobs nor more TV jobs in the UK. Indeed the whole point of this website and originally a lobby group is to warn that it will lead to far fewer jobs.
In addition to honour the release of Gilad Shalit’s release from captivity, following a truly noble and successful campaign by his family.
We will argue that the empirical evidence that the most effective way to bless your family, town, nation, film industry is to bless Israel and especially Jerusalem. So the best thing for the UK film industry is to actively bless Israel and Jerusalem.
We urge everyone to pray for the peace, prosperity and protection of Israel and Jerusalem.
We will have some fun posting on the four blood moons and total eclipse in the middle between April 2014 and Autumn 2015. You will hear far more about these – and their prophetic significance – from many sources but as the greatest storm since 1987 is due in the UK tonight, fasten your seatbelts and say your prayers. The USA and UK economy look like many economic and political mistakes will finally come home to roost.
The UK Government is now immensely more in debt than last year, immensely more than in 2010 and indeed 2008. It is staggeringly more in debt than 1987 (the last great Storm) and 1979. It is immensely more in debt than 1976 when a much more honest moral government admitted the debt was so high (to them) that it was a national emergency. We skate on thin ice until we can skate no more.
We could via the film industry -with physical infrastructure spread across the UK – regenerate this nation, increase its beauty and get out of debt. Instead….well let’s just say much of the following may be a lament about a real missed opportunity.
We can get £25 billion a year from the UK based film industry – over five times more than now – and 250 000 jobs. But The Government needs to realise this must be a UK wide expansion of film sound stages and sets doubling state of the art theme parks. They must be built in the ugly places where there is no tourism and no hope. They must bring beauty, tourist revenue and the film industry glamour. the talent and hunger is there. Indeed ironically London is the least creative city per capita in the UK, but has systematically misused political muscle and manipulated control of capital and media infrastructure to stop other UK centres of creativity emerging.
It is time to be one united nation, with everyone team players not selfish short-sighted lemmings.
The website will still cheer-lead and provoke debate on building physical film and TV industry infrastructure (sound stages and film sets across the UK) as well as helping co-ordinate, network, guide specific initiatives with interested private investors (usually well away from the public part of the website).
The original purpose of the campaign has changed because the legal and political events have moved on. The big three political parties are now controlled by the air-heads. They each refuse to let any MP with proven success and expertise in private sector business to have any economic role in shaping their policies. They are only interested in London-centric group think and dealing with those who inherited their positions and wealth. This is a tried and tested recipe for disaster.
None of the political parties have any clear moral basis nor guide. Each has torn up the moral basis of its founders. Again this is a recipe for disaster.
This campaign started to get the physical infrastructure built in each region so that a real film industry in the UK which employed 250 000 could emerge and happily survive in the longterm on private money not public subsidy.
Once the physical infrastructure has been built in every region, we really would not require further public monies.
However, the last Government and present Government does not get it.
They would not see a Big idea if it hit them in the face.
This Government is far,far, far too focused on a truly needless £100 billion train set destroying beautiful villages between London and Birmingham rather than investing 10% of this sum in creating physical infrastructure and creating 250 000 dynamic film, TV, radio drama, other creative industries and tourism jobs before 2015.
Only Gisela Stuart MP and John Hemming MP have really got the national importance of film/TV/media infrastructure spread in each region and we salute them on this and many other wise decisions. Are they front benchers in their party ? As we said the airheads fear real talent in our political parties.
We still hope that every Leader of Midland cities will prioritise building a powerful media infrastructure in the middle of England rather than see a polo mint economy emerge..one with a huge hole in the middle.
Even the great (in his own mind) Vince Cable, who always has time to ballroom dance while jobs are being axed in the real world, does not get that in 2013 every truly private sector job follows physical media infrastructure (unless subsidised by tax payer monies or government borrowing).
Free marketing and publicity is so vital to industry that it follows media hotspots for contacts and connections in the exact same way that lobbyists follow MPs, Ministers, interns to grab access for their clients to grants and Government contracts.
The campaign focused first on building upon the existing facilities of Pinewood and Shepperton Studios and the international reputation they have achieved over many generations. Their ownership was in the balance -with competing visions of whether to invest in film making heritage or West London property prices- but has now firmly been decided. The present majority owners are longterm property developers who use the film industry naivity to pursue a West London property development even if it takes until 2020 to get planning permission.
As this campaign predicted in August 2009, and repeatedly warned privately and publically, the present Board and Management of Pinewood Shepperton Studios threw many many millions away AS WELL AS much of the reputation built by much wiser predecessors on a completely doomed greedy application to build houses on greenbelt land in the hope of making a billion pounds overnight on an Olympic Games property bubble in London. They were humiliated and discredited.
But they are blinkered by the billions on offer for West London land prices – if planning permissions can be won – and will fight on at literally any price.
Especially if the shares in this company change hands, which they can with under 24 hours notice- it may well be that this is not about films, nor film making, nor film jobs even if the present shareholders and Board seek the same.
The Public Inspector’s Report (2011) on the last property scheme- which almost no one in the film media nor film industry nor Department of Culture, Media and Sport has bothered to read in full – is devastating.
If the present Public Inquiry read it, then the present application might be blocked as well. This is why they will not be reading it.
But all of it could have been read here and has been repeatedly explained to The Board including by Gisela Stuart MP (a lawyer and expert on planning matters). Blinded by greed, they would not listen. Unlike the present Board and management, the previous six decades had passionate patriotic brilliant film makers at the helm. Often Bible believing lay preachers to boot. They were not interested in building houses at huge profit disguised as a film set. They wanted to make great films, employ film makers both blue and white collar, and bring credit to Britain. Originally the founders of Pinewood Studios were passionate Christians who wanted to make moral movies which glorified Jesus Christ the Creator of The World. They wanted to give not take. They were not asset strippers nor property developers. Nor did they aspire to be. Pinewood Studios and Shepperton Studios founded in the 1930s ceased to exist in 2004 when the merged entity became a plc, when just as with Elstree Studios before it, property developers could buy up the shares for the land values not the film making heritage and future. The last Government were not vigilant nor even aware of this because they were distracted elsewhere by the most venal dishonest grasping culture of fraudulent expense claims and much worse. They were so greedy and so corrupt sleeping with the greediest and most reckless of bankers, asset strippers, cheats and deceivers of every type. They had no time to look at the implications for the film industry of playing Russian Roulette with its greatest asset: the film studio physical infrastructure of which the chief is sound stages at Pinewood, Shepperton and to a lesser extent Elstree and Leavsden.
The plc Board sacked every film and tv manager which had built the company’s reputation, got them to sign incredible gagging agreements, and spent staggering sums on PR and lawyers seeking to get the greenbelt housing complex.
To the immense credit of The Sunday Express (especially James Murray), Secretary of State Eric Pickles, the Public Inquiry Inspector Eva Hall, South Bucks District Council, Stop Project Pinewood, a human dynamo ( who could write a How To Book on winning these matters planning matters) Mitch Gears, and very many people we can not name behind the scenes – yes to their immense credit – the property developers failed and failed miserably.It was a great day for justice. But as regards film making in the UK, the situation is far more uncertain, although we are optimistic.
As we kept flagging up, briefing MPs, saying on over 50 radio interviews and a few on TV, Pinewood Shepperton Studios are the magnet which brings big Hollywood financed movies into the UK. They need (or needed until very recently) the 60 000 square feet and 30 000 square feet (which only the UK had) sound stages even more than tax credit subsidies (which every country offers). So almost every UK film star, director, producer, crew member has been employed in big prestige movies in the UK because these sound stages were here and nowhere else. This is why ‘Pirates of The Caribbean’, the 007 and Jason Bourne movies, ‘Mission Impossible’, ‘The Mummy’, ‘Snow White and The Huntsman’, ‘Alice in Wonderland’, ‘Sherlock Holmes’, ‘Batman’, ‘Star Wars’, ‘Indiana Jones’ and several hundred major movies have been made here in the past few decades.
However, there was always Pinewood, Shepperton, and occasionally Elstree batting to get this work in Britain.
Elstree was purchased by property developers who sold off 80% of the land where ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Indiana Jones’ was made. The rump was still big enough to host ’The King’s Speech’ which took over $400 million worldwide. But it only exists at all because after a fierce legal battle a plucky, small, local council bought it from greedy property developers who would have closed it to film making. So three cheers for Hertsmere Borough Council.
Sadly Pinewood and Shepperton, now useless to property developer owners as a greenbelt housing development, have opened up one door to fast profit. Giving the brandname to competitor studios in other countries and taking a fee as their sales agent. So the LA office of Pinewood Shepperton will within a few months offer instead of the UK Pinewood and Shepperton facilities the rather far away studio in Malaysia, Canada, The Dominican Republic, the two in Germany and soon one in China and Brazil.
The other nations we wish well. But they know when Hollywood places a big film production in a studio facility that most employment of cast and crew is local. Most stars start as minor role actors but without this break they remain unemployed. The present UK stars and crew almost all owe their careers to the physical film industry infrastructure built by Christian visionaries in the 1930s and nutured for over 75 years.
The next generation of stars and crew will be local to Canada, Germany, Malaysia, Dominican Republic, China, France and not the UK unless we defend and expand the physical infrastructure lead we held for over 70 years but are now losing rapidly.
Every country offers tax credits. France could not get huge Hollywood movies made there with tax credits. It had no big sound stages. In a few months it will have.
We wish these nations well, but we exist to warn that the moment to act is now.
The UK tax credit for films has been gazumped by Georgia in the USA. Pinewood is opening there next year, along with Malaysia, Canada, Dominican Republic, Germany, etc etc anywhere but the UK regions. So after 2014 be not surprised if the films placed at Pinewood by film financiers are nowhere near the UK. Unless a really stellar international box office name and/or top of the tree crew member of many years experience, the jobs will not go to Brits but to locals of the studios which get the work. Thus they will gain the experience and Cvs to displace the next generation of UK talent.
We really really can still get £25 billion a year from the UK based film industry – over five times more than now – and 250 000 jobs. But The Government needs to realise this must be a UK wide expansion of film sound stages and sets doubling state of the art theme parks. They must be built in the ugly places where there is no tourism and no hope. They must bring beauty, tourist revenue and the film industry glamour. the talent and hunger is there. Indeed ironically London is the least creative city per capita in the UK, but has systematically misused political muscle and manipulated control of capital and media infrastructure to stop other Uk centres of creativity emerging. It is time to be one united nation, with everyone team players not selfish short-sighted lemmings.
Very many do not want a big film industry in the UK. They want it small, elite, the most exclusive membership club in the UK. Many wanted to be worshipped. The idea that to work in the film industry is as normal in the UK as to work in the Health service is their true fear. Yet this can happen quickly and easily. It can get the nation out of debt. But not without a Government and media which wakes up to the unique opportunity which now exists.
It is time to get back to the values of the founders of Pinewood Studios and indeed The Hollywood Studios themselves: Judeo-Christian Bible values.
Just like road building and bridges, the Government should supervise film and tv physical infrastructure allocation and not leave it to a free for all.
The question now becomes how best to serve the cause of film making in the UK and of this website.
This website is now finally freed up to review movies, comment on film industry and showbiz matters, oppose police cuts and support Israel and Jerusalem.
May The Blood of Lord Jesus Christ bless and protect us all and deliver film making in the UK from evil.
SAVE THE BRITISH FILM INDUSTRY.
Our bottomline is getting 250 000 film industry jobs in the UK by expanding sound stages (which attract the $100 million to $300 million Hollywood budget movies) around The UK. Ideally minimum four in in every county in The UK. We also want state of the art film sets across the UK on ex-industrial land which will give UK film production and tourism an unbeatable edge while regenerating towns and cities and creating jobs and great inspirational beauty in every county.
We are talking over 250 000 jobs and £25 billion a year turnover. Chancellor George Osborne should be very interested in this.
Sound stages are just glorified factory warehouses. If they are not near you, Hollywood will not be investing in your city or town.
If sound stages are not built near you, Your local people will not be getting into the film industry no matter how talented nor how motivated.
If sound stages are not built near you, Your local people will not be getting into the film industry no matter how talented nor how motivated.
It does not take huge film industry experience to build or convert glorified warehouses.
But there are forces spending over £10 million a year in political lobbying costs to prevent them being built outside the present usual suspects. This would not matter so very much if these were themselves truly committed to film making in The UK or competing healthily with each other. Sadly neither scenario is the case.
The BBC and most national newspapers – and most blogs – are absolutely clueless on the film business compared to say the football business. Most fans of clubs know whether the new owners are in debt, really have the monies or intention to invest in the team in the transfer window, or are just asset strippers looking to sell off the ground for its property value.
If the UK film studios were Manchester Utd, Liverpool FC, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham Utd, Aston Villa, Manchester City, Blackburn Rovers, West Bromwich Albion, Sheffield Utd, Cardiff City, Swansea, Portsmouth FC, Southampton, Nottingham Forest, Derby County, or even MK Dons, Brighton, Walsall, Swindon Town, Peterborough, Kidderminster Harriers or Wimbledon THEN the media would know what questions to ask, how to know when an answer rang true, and how to check whether promises were in fact kept.
In fact the poor quality of UK media reporting on the business of the film business is not journalism but churnalism. The City Desks are usually – but not always – as bad. They will report any PR handout unchallenged and untested. The BBC News has proved itself the very worst offender. Its reporting has fallen to the level on the film industry akin to getting soccer results wrong.
Given it is very heavily compromised already in regard to a main player in this drama, it is dancing with what is left of its reputation for integrity and accuracy.
One BBC report – if translated into football reporting would have Real Madrid beating Barcelona ten nil even though we all saw on live TV Barcelona beat Real Madrid 2-0. One Washington Times report would have Wayne Rooney transferring to Liverpool FC. These stories are untrue, and obviously untrue, but The BBC put out their direct equivalent in March and April 2011.
The BBC would also, in soccer terms, have you believe that Manchester Utd, Manchester City, Birmingham City have no debts whatever. Again untrue, but this is where The BBC are at with film business reporting. The Arts section is not dishonest just incompetent, naive and probably too low calibre to learn.
Alas this matters as most MPs and Government Ministers depend on The BBC and national newspapers to give them any information on the film business. Some MPs would doubtless believe Wayne Rooney had signed for Manchester City if The BBC announced it, even if a quick google search revealed it was untrue and a hoax. But sadly almost all believe the most outrageous PR handouts which just get printed and broadcast unchecked, unchalleged and untested.
This really really matters in our economic crisis as we can with minimal effort get massive jobs and revenue with just a little knowledge and focus….although literally a handful of people who are doing very nicely out of our present cottage industry will be unhappy.
The startling truth is that The UK can within five years have a £25 billion annual inward investment in our film, TV, tourism, film theme park, merchandising and gaming industry. We can have 250 000 people working in the film industry and film theme park industry. But it involves building sound stages and fantastic sets around The UK on ex-industrial land.
Ideally we put The Pinewood Studios brand or at least The Elstree brand on these new sound stages in some of the regions. Although having said that The Pinewood brand is being diluted and diminished within the real industry and anyone taking business consultancy advice from them is just a sucker based on their track record since floatation in 2004.
Elstree – in a town with only 94 000 people - invested in 6 sound stages and has Hollywood finance coming out their ears. Elstree is fully booked for two years, desperate to expand and starting to get other private sector investment and jobs in very many fields magnetised to their town. Other towns could and should copy them.
Elstree in the 70s inspired a young local boy who literally lived next door. As he became a teenager, he got a job as a runner getting coffee for Oliver Reed, Jack Nicholson, Steven Spielberg and the cast of Star Wars and Indiana Jones. Who was he ? Simon Cowell of ‘American Pop Idol’, ‘Britain’s Got Talent’, and the ‘X Factor’. Living next to Elstree Studios sound stages inspired Simon Cowell to try showbiz and has employed very many people as a result and earned hundreds of millions for The UK, let alone the pleasure it has given the nation and the world. This type of inspiration needs to be spread around The UK. If Simon Cowell had lived fifty miles from a sound stage, then it is probable he would not have entered showbiz. It is a ‘who you know or who you get to know business’. There is no reason why everyone in The UK should not have a chance in their own county to get to know someone who can get them on the ladder to go as far as their talent, courage and work ethic will take them. Sound stages in every county will achieve this.
We expressly want this Government to grab the chance to encourage the building of the genius vision Big and Bold film industry infrastructure around The UK to create a £25 billion annual film, tv, tourism, film theme parks, merchandising and gaming industry paying taxes and employing 250 000 people.
We want to put on ex-industrial land sets for Venice, Paris, ancient Rome, Amsterdam, Parliament, Buckingham Palace, the White House, Paris with Eifel Tower, The Pyramids, space ships, sci-fi, etc. Whether it is called Pinewood is a thing we are increasingly flexible about (and the value of their brandname is falling steadily), but ideally it still will be called Pinewood Studios.
It could be a “cracking business” with good management.
The ebbs and flows of Pinewood Shepperton plc (now delisted from The Stock Exchange) were alas a thing we had to monitor every trading minute in 2009, 2010 and 2011. So far every prediction we have made has proved 100% accurate. The cold fact is that whoever bought Pinewood Shepperton shares decides the fate of 34 out of 44 of Britain’s sound stages, and moreover it has all the very big ones which other countries will not have for another year.
It is these sound stages which have brought the huge Hollywood productions and jobs to the UK (at least the south-east of the UK ). Without them, there would not be 36 000 British people working in films and of these most would be working in other Continents (if they can get work permits).
We want The UK to be a one-stop shop of a country to film any film or TV project in any language….cheaper and faster but higher quality. This with the sound stages and skill base will attract in the film and TV budgets from every Continent in the world.
The only place it can not and should not be built is on greenbelt land -especially in the South East – double especially on the greenbelt firewall around The M25 which is designed to contain London from growing out towards Oxford, Bournemouth and Brighton.
Because of the stellar success in defeating the many millions spent by property developers, they will not now tear down the greenbelt barrier surrounding London and open up the concreting over of every greenbelt to Bournemouth and Oxford. Other property developers who were hiring lobbyists are looking at concreting over things like The New Forest to build houses and earn over £200 billion, have snapped their pencils in anger at the defeat of Project Pinewood’s planning appeal. There was a sinistre logic to the many schemes seeking to concrete the south-east of the UK. Huge profit for the very few, huge misery for the masses. We plated a big part – perhaps the biggest part – in stopping this. We certainly applaud Eric Pickles, Minister for Communities and Local Government.
Of course they were cheering on the loss of greenbelt linking Pinewood Studios to the M25 and West London. They wanted to misuse the precedent to cloak a thousand asset strips and threat to Oxford University colleges and The Royal Dorset Yacht Club. Maybe someone will make a film about it.
The loss of the 100 acres of greenbelt for 1400 houses on the basis of, “it is vital for The UK Film Industry” and “national interest” would sadly have set the precedent for other property developers to misuse. Any bank, supermarket, or other business could have offered to set up a national training centre and housing develpment to accomodate staff on greenbelt. As Eric Pickles and Public Inspector Eva Hall said in effect ‘Nice try but No chance’.
The first 100 acre greenbelt thin end of the wedge would have led to 500 000 greenbelt acres being lost between now and 2016. The enemy was defeated and nipped in the bud.
Even in brutal economic times, the UK film industry could be paying around £10 billion tax a year to Chancellor George Osborne to pay for schools, hospitals, firemen, disabled care workers and police to keep our streets safe.
We can not get a 250 000 strong film industry without some basic film industry knowledge.
Anyone can watch a football game, have an opinion, even understand off-side but never have any clue about the business end of football. Thus film reviewers – even famous reviewers – usually have zero idea on the business of the film industry. The sad thing is that self-importance and pride stop them admitting it and stop them learning by seeking knowledge.
It is always stupid to say that Pinewood Studios has announced X,Y or Z from a PR handout without adding some context or perspective.
The truth is that no-one, repeat no-one knows who will be owning/running Pinewood Shepperton by September 2014 because the shares can be bought and sold freely…and it is possible by 2014 the new owners could be someone who has no interest in film making based in Britain.
We could rescue the total shambles this Board has made of a potentially cracking business which has just had twelve years of ideal business conditions.
BUT our brief is to expand sound stages around the UK, to create 250 000 British based film industry jobs, to get a £25 billion a year annual turnover and inward investment, to get the greatest movies made which have ever been made, and to get great beauty, hope, inspiration in every corner of The UK. To that end we will work with anyone.
The merger of Pinewood-Shepperton-Teddington which created a monopoly after 60 years healthy competition was said to be so Britain could compete with these countries’ studios viz getting big Hollywood budgets. Now the British based studios are prevented from competing with them and $200 million movies such as ‘TOTAL RECALL’ go to Canada not The UK, yet still the Pinewood Shepperton PLC get the fee. Only the British based film workers miss out.
We salute Canada, Germany, Malaysia, The Dominican Republic. Good for them. But they are very big boys and can look after their own industry. Our brief is look out for British based film making and employment. Charity begins at home.
If only a clued in MP with real business experience and acumen such as Peter Bone MP were given Culture Secretary portfolio…we would get 250 000 jobs in the UK, hope, inspiration and great films (plus he is actually good on Sport which is an odd bedfellow in The Department of Culture, Media and Sport).
It is a sad mark against Prime Minister David Cameron that he excludes from his Cabinet the very few MPs with proven business experience such as Peter Bone, David Davis, and work ethos of John Redwood while promoting those from the disreputable side of the PR industry and student political hacks with absolutely no experience of the real world. Movies are financed, manufactured, distributed and paid for by customers in the real world.
Britain suffers as does the British Film Industry by David Cameron’s inept Ministerial appointments.
Even the LibDem element is very poor and should include talent such as John Hemming who knows gas, energy, IT inside out. How Chris Huhne ever had a Minister’s job in charge of national energy supply is a question no sane person can answer.
Ministers manage huge staffs and budgets, yet David Cameron excludes the few who are up to the task.
The now defunct UKFC used their public mega millions to oppose building film sound stages outside of a cosy south-east cartel and cheered as every initiative was derailed by their treasonous sabotage. Thus we only at their peak had 36 000 people employed in the film industry whereas an expansion of sound stages to each region would let us have 250 000.
Very many in the existing film quangos should resign and volountarily disband in shame, but instead they cling to 6 figure fatcat non-jobs in an era of public cuts in which nurses,doctors,police, firemen will lose their jobs. They should be sounding the alarm that Pinewood and Shepperton 75 year history and the magnet of their 34 sound stages for Hollywood investment of over £1 billion a year in The UK is on the point of being sold off for houses, property, car parks, warehouses, supermarket distribution centres, whatever makes the most commercial sense given their location. Instead they gorge on public purse expenses in the most expensive restaurants, travel first class to five star hotels. There are exceptions.
At the moment despite the recent run of success thanks to Hollywood investment being attracted here by our sound stages, very soon we may be reading that the film work is going abroad. The dumb, dim, lazy official watchdogs are sleeping.
The Government Business Minister Vince Cable, Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt and Creative Industries Minister Ed Vaizey should intervene now…and axe the film quango non-jobs. Jeremy Hunt axed The UKFC but most of the people are re-employed in other West London quangos. Building a UK wide Film Industry was never the UKFC aim. Nor is it the aim of most people in the new West London quangos, if it means the regions can genuinely compete with West London and threaten their cosy cabal. The very idea has them sneering and choking with Gestapo style laughter. Off the record, away from microphones, some even boast they exist to stop it happening.
The only plus of Pinewood Studios and Shepperton Studios being sold off would be to see the Government Ministers and overpaid quangos squirm as they see the world sees that the West London film industry collapsed on their watch.
Can asset strippers seeking to sell Pinewood and Shepperton land really do this ? All thanks to The UK Film Council, they can sell off the British Film Industry crown jewels.
There are many asset strippers we know of who would gladly buy Pinewood and Shepperton NOT for the film making factory facilities but other commercial use.
Manchester United, Liverpool FC, Manchester City, Harrods were all sold by the owners when the price was right. The present owners may sell Pinewood Shepperton if the price is too big to refuse.
Of course almost any football fan and football reporter knows this. They know some buyers of shares have big promises but no real money. That they mortgage the club to the hilt gambling on future income to pay the interest. That success on the pitch does not pay the interest. That if you do not pay the interest, you go bust and the club can go into liquidation and the ground turned into a supermarket or car park.
Most actors, directors, MPs, Government Ministers, Civil Servants, film fans, BBC Art journalists DO NOT UNDERSTAND THIS !!
There are of course a few exceptions.
Pinewood Shepperton has already lost THREE years profits in chasing this housing on greenbelt land quest.
The present business -without the houses – is making minimal profit.
It may be sold to a new buyer looking to extract the land value.
Just like a new Chairman of a football club sacking the manager SO the old manager’s ideas on team selection, transfer policy etc are meaningless. Of no legal force.
Most new Chairman TALK BIG TRANSFER MONEY but often it never happens. These PR media handouts are not legal promises.
The BBC still reports sport results accurately, and also is still on top of most football business stories. If only they could educate themselves and the public who trust them about the British Film Industry we would be much nearer 250 000 jobs.
The true hero, The UK regions wait in the wings. We know Pinewood Studios would love us and be very happy with us if they expanded into us rather than every other Continent. We could conquer the world together.
The Government should urgently intervene and stops Pinewood and Shepperton being sold off for non-film making use…and stop it expanding the brand in non-EU countries such as Malaysia, China, and get ready for Brazil and India.
There are revenue streams tied to film making they have never considered. Pinewood and Shepperton Studios can expand into The Midlands, Wiltshire, Yorkshire, Wales, etc on the massive landbanks available for regeneration. They can build sound stages (the one pre-requisite of Hollywood investment of $100 million dollar movies) in any part of The UK which does not have them. These need about 2-3 acres per sound stage and they look like most factory warehouses. Ideally you start with 10 acres and build 4, or you get 20 acres and build 6.
The rising star, the lesson to The UK is Elstree in Borehamwood. It has six sound stages for rent and is block booked by Hollywood for two years with the likes of $120 million Sherlock Holmes 2 which will employ a huge number of local people on freelance contracts…from electricians, chippies, security, painters, drivers I.T. to actors and cameramen . The private sector investment in all business fields tiny Hertsmere is booming as a result. Five hotels are opening. The film industry magnetises businesses which want to be near them and ride on the free marketing media profile they bring.
Gisela Stuart MP has tried to negotiate with Pinewood Studios (Pinewood Shepperton PLC) last Board about expanding inside The UK, to Birmingham and The West Midlands, but they were hostile as it spoils their plans to move jobs outside The UK while selling off the land value of the present sites with the sky high London values.
John Hemming MP has written letters and shown a keen interest.
It actually needs one top of the line luvvie to get it to.
Pinewood are now moving the jobs to Malaysia, but spinning that it is a good thing for Britain. 99% of technicians and 95% of British based actors will not be employed in projects they quietly move to Canada (such as a recent Daniel Craig movie and $200 million TOTAL RECALL), Malaysia and next up China. The negotiations in Shanghai seemed to go well. Well for China but not British based jobs.
We salute other countries, we wish them well, but our duty is to defend British based film making and British based jobs. We welcome the world and their actors to film here, provided they use British based crews and at least some of our British based actors.
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SAVE THE BRITISH FILM INDUSTRY.com urge The Government to draw up urgent contingency plans to intervene if need be to rescue British based film manufacturing. The buildings are 75 years old and both could and should get protected status SO they can not be sold off as houses or car parks or other commercial use.
SAVE THE BRITISH FILM INDUSTRY.com urge The Government to help facilitate building 400 sound stages around The UK starting in Wiltshire then the Midlands and The Heart of England. They can also regenerate the nation and make it more beautiful, more inspiring, more brilliant than ever by taking the Pinewood Studios genius world class expansion plan to ex-industrial sites in The West Midlands, Wales, South-West, North, East Anglia, Scotland and all around in The UK regions thus creating over 250 000 jobs.
You start expanding towards the centre, Wiltshire and Northamptonshire. You then come to The West Midlands and The Black Country where there have been more than 150 000 private sector jobs lost in the last decade. This will bring realistic hope of a dynamic future to the Midland region of sky high manufacturing skill, huge unemployment and abundance of ex-industrial land ideal to rescue Pinewood Studios. It will reduce dramatically the cost of public purse welfare benefits and the huge economic costs to the tax payer (police, NHS, social services) of problems associated with longterm unemployment. This film factory infrastructure can legitimately and easily be financed out of The Lottery Fund. In fact this is a much better use of The Lottery Money as it creates longterm infrastructure which can create jobs and monies until the Second Coming.
Other savings can be made by axing the fat cat bureaucratic film quangos and regional screen commissions. It is SOUND STAGES which bring in the Hollywood investment…much more than tax credits.
SAVE THE BRITISH FILM INDUSTRY.com urge The Government and all parties to commit to build unique film factory manufacturing infrastructure out from The Midlands mothership in a ten year plan to have minimum 15 acre sites (bigger than the size of Elstree Studios) from Cornwall to Scotland, and West Wales to East Anglia so that every county has them. Every county can then pitch for Hollywood blockbuster contracts. Most towns are bigger than Elstree Studios, every county has a spare 15 acres.
This is to capture over 50% of all film and TV production finance in the world (£25 billion annually) in every language and to create over 250 000 jobs.
In any event the Pinewood Studios, Shepperton Studios, Teddington Studios, Ealing Studios and Elstree Studios in The South East can quickly be linked in a unique national integrated film factory infrastructure to Media City http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/ and BBC Manchester in The North West and The BBC major expansion planned for Cardiff (home of drama productions such as Dr Who).
Just as the first factories in the Industrial Revolution, then canals, then railways, then bridges and then motorways each in turn gave Britain an infrastructure lead over other nations, so this is the new infrastructure lead which can bring in inward investment and export products the world wishes to buy.
SAVE THE BRITISH FILM INDUSTRY.com urge the Government to intervene in this crisis, create real jobs, increase UK prestige and kudos, invest in a real future which can even be the NEETs solution.
SAVE THE BRITISH FILM INDUSTRY.com urge The Government to use the monopoly legislation to prevent the global brand names Pinewood Studios and Shepperton Studios leaving The UK and indeed The EU. They and their 75 year history need to be confined to British based manufacturing providing British based employment and not relocated to The Far East (China and Malaysia).
Now Pinewood Studios proposed EXPANSION and future EXPANSIONS relocated to The West Midlands, or even Kent and High Wycombe, OR even Llangollen, Yeovil, Wellingborough, Corby, Exeter, Chester, Bournemouth or Bath, or even Ipswich, Cambridge, Stratford-on-Avon, Telford, Sunderland or Hull, Dundee, Cowdenbeath, Shetland or Ffestiniog, Sheffield, Barnsley, Derby, Nottingham, Birkenhead, WELL then this is clearly outside the M25. We would wish the Government to draw up plans to have a minimum 15 acre film and TV facility in EVERY county in The UK…and preferably with the Pinewood Studios brand on it. Local access to national infrastructure plugged into Hollywood Finance.
By the way what is at present on The Pebble Mill site which was BBC Birmingham, the second biggest TV production centre in The UK and one of the biggest in Europe, for over 30 years ? Turned to gravel because of clerical error ?
Axed because of an error in The BBC Accounts ? This is a matter we think The Attorney General and Justice Minister should call The Fraud Squad in to fully investigate given that very many tens of millions were involved, and The BBC refuses to let the National Audit Office have unfettered access to its accounts concerning Pebble Mill. It certainly means West Midland licence fee payers are only getting 15% of their money spent in their region while 85% subsidises BBC employment and fat cat boss six figure salaries, millions on taxes, many more millions on £2000 lunches in London. London licence fees only pay for 20% of the employment created by The BBC in London. The destruction of regional media infrastructure by The BBC has led to national newspapers and magazines withdrawing staff from the regions and centralising everything in London. Private sector investors in all businesses now want MEDIA JUICE for new businesses…free marketing and publicity ONLY easy access to and networking with media can bring. So for example Birmingham has lost not only The BBC Pebble Mill but straight after 61 000 private sector jobs. Only one private sector job in 10 is being created in The West Midlands for 10 in London or near Pinewood Studios in South Bucks.
The Government is now being advised to let Birmingham, The West Midlands and many other UK cities and regions just have officially DE-TROITIFICATION. To have mass evacuation and movement to the south-east. Every greenbelt including The New Forest and all of Wiltshire and Oxfordshire will have to be concreted over to house them destroying the south-east beauty and quality of life.
Birmingham, Walsall, Wolverhampton, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell and many Northern Cities need to see what De-troitification looks like first hand. In Detroit over 1 million people have left, houses sell for $1, only the drug gangs are hiring, people leave at the rate of 1000 a week, and still among those left there is 30% unemployment. It is the debt capital and murder capital of The USA.
However, an antidote to this in the UK is building the original vision in Project Pinewood bigger and bolder around the regions. Jobs, tourism, film glamour, inspiration, regeneration, strong stable communities.
We are Save the British Film Industry and we are not averse to saving access to British TV production at the same time NOR of saving the whole UK economically, culturally, artistically and socially. This is a noble campaign.
It is for God and for others to save it spiritually and morally.
Having said that - the stakes get ever higher with real consequences depending on the outcome, we most sincerely welcome your prayers to create 250 000 film industry jobs in The UK.
Pray really really hard that by some absolute miracle billionaire John Whittaker, the new King of Pinewood Studios and Shepperton Studios, suddenly decides in his 70s that he really wants to make movies after all !
May The Blood of Lord Jesus Christ bless and protect us all and deliver film making in the UK from evil.