The Project So Far – May 2014


Interviews: The project team has completed fieldwork for phases two and three of the project, having conducted interviews with key policymakers, former UKFC personnel and a range of industry stakeholders on the impact of the UKFC’s schemes and interventions – specifically the administration of Lottery funds and its digital strategy – and the strategic lessons to be drawn from the experience of the UKFC as a public support body for film. We would like to extend our thanks to all interviewees who have taken the time to contribute to the project and share insights and experiences relating to film policy in the UK. The project has now moved into the writing-up and dissemination period with existing and forthcoming outputs detailed below.



BOOK: We are pleased to announce that a book based on the project, The Rise and Fall of the UK Film Council: Film Policy in Transition, will be published by Edinburgh University Press in 2015/2016.

Journal articles:

Gillian Doyle (forthcoming July 2014), Film Support and the Challenge of Sustainability: On wing design, wax and feathers and bolts from the blue. Journal of British Cinema and Television.

Chapters in edited collections:

Philip Schlesinger (forthcoming 2014), The Creation and Destruction of the UK Film Council. In Oakley, K. and O’Connor, J. (eds.) Routledge Companion to the Cultural Industries, London: Routledge.

Conferences and Seminars:

Gillian Doyle, Film Policy and National Institutions: The UKFC and the Challenge of Sustainability. European Film Cultures, ECREA Film Studies Section Interim Conference, Lund University, 8 November 2013.

Philip Schlesinger, The Creation and Destruction of the UK Film Council: Two Moments in the Policy Process Anatomised. Centre for Film Studies Research Seminar, University of St Andrews, 16 April 2013.

Reflections on the constitution of a national film agency. The 23 International Screen Studies Conference, University of Glasgow, 30 June 2013.

Film Policy in the United Kingdom. American Media – European Cultures: Negotiation of Transnational Exchange. International Conference Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, 11 October 2013.

Institutions and cultural policies in the UK and Scotland: two case studies. European cultural policies after the cuts. Fundación Alternativas/Fundación Autor, Madrid, 13 December 2013.

Raymond Boyle, Digital Divides? The UK Film Council and Digital Strategy. Eurofilm 2014: The Inaugural European Conference on Film and Documentary, Brighton, July 17-20 2014.

Lisa W. Kelly, Film Policy in Practice: The UK Film Council and National Lottery Funding for Film Production. MeCCSA Annual Conference, Bournemouth University, 8-10 January 2014.

Professionalising the British Film Industry: The UK Film Council and Public Support for Film Production. Film and Media 2014 ‘Visions of Identity: Global Film and Media’: The Fourth Annual London Film and Media Conference, University of London, 26-28 June 2014.


An end-of-project symposium for invited guests to discuss the findings of our research is to be held on 2 September 2014 in London.