Filmmaker Ken Loach predicts Brexit will cause damage to the British film industry
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Ken Loach, British director of films such as I, Daniel Blake and Kids has given his views on what Brexit means for the UK film industry. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter Loach gives his two cents on what the UK’s decision to leave the EU means for the British film industry, notably the obstacles this will cause with the funding of co-productions. The award-winning filmmaker discusses that in spite of the recent election and poor turnout for Theresa May, Brexit is still likely to happen. “There will be some form of leaving the EU,” Loach said. “Our co-production deals depend on workers from other countries coming [to the U.K.] to work on our films. If it is made very bureaucratic and difficult, if we leave the EU, that will make it more difficult and there is a danger that could happen.” Some of Loach’s own films including I, Daniel Blake along with many other British films are co-productions, with I, Daniel Blake receiving investment from France, Germany and Belgium. Loach went on to speak about how ending the free movement of people would cause challenges for filmmakers and hinder co-productions.
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