BBC: UK entertainment ‘losing its way’
A new BBC documentary reveals the “losing way” for the British film industry.
The documentary, “The Lost Years” examines the legacy of British cinema after the Great Depression, the rise of American and European film, and the collapse of the British cinema industry.
“It’s about the loss of the creative vision that made the UK cinema a beacon of artistic expression in the world,” BBC documentary director, Chris Bancroft, said.
“There is an argument that Britain’s film industry has been very successful, but there is a feeling that it is a lost cause in the 21st century.”
“Lost Years” focuses on the impact of World War II on the film industry and how the film business was damaged by it.
“One of the first things that happened was the war,” Bancros said.
The British film and television industry suffered an unprecedented financial crisis in 1939, when film production was stopped.
Bancropts research found that film production lost £5.3 billion, and British film production fell from 9,000 to 500.
“In the 20 years between 1939 and 1941 the film and film-making industry lost almost £5bn,” he said.
A film studio’s chief executive said the industry had to find ways to survive the crisis, and so it created “the film-makers’ union” to protect its interests.
The union was formed by the industry in 1939 to provide a means of dealing with the financial crisis, which meant there was no money in the industry.
BANCROFT: The British cinema’s ‘lost year’ is a legacy for the 21 st century.
It’s about our creative vision… it’s about a lost year, a lost decade.
And I think that’s a great story.
It was a lost century for British film, it was a Lost Years for the film-maker, and it was the Lost Years that made it so valuable.
“A film-company was a really strong organisation that could survive in wartime and in the Great War and the economic crisis,” he explained.
It is no longer a film medium, it is an art medium.” “
But there was a loss of imagination and creativity, and a sense of the film as a medium that was no longer part of our lives.
It is no longer a film medium, it is an art medium.”
‘Lost in the Light’ was filmed over six years, and shows how the British industry struggled during the war.
“I think that is one of the great things about the film, is that it’s really easy to go back to it in a way that is hard to do in any other medium,” BANCrofts said.
But while the film was shot in the early 1930s, it became more and more popular during the 1940s and 1950s, which is when the film is set in.
“We have lost an incredible amount of history,” he added.
“You go back through the films and you can see the same sort of themes.
You see this sense of humour, you see the love for the environment, you can go back and look at the film’s history and it’s all about the ‘lost years’.” The documentary also shows how British cinema suffered during World War Two.
“Our films were shot in all sorts of locations, from Borneo to Germany,” Barens said.
It showed how wartime film production and the war affected the film.
“The film industry was a very large industry, but the war was a disaster for it, because the war destroyed the film market.”
And it was also an enormous economic crisis for it.
British cinema was one of only three European film industries, and this meant the film world was devastated.
“They lost their industry, they lost their markets, they were devastated,” BBR said.