Danny Boyle, Steve McQueen and other leading British film-makers have called on the government to offer financial support to the UK’s big cinema chains.
“These companies represent over 80 per cent of the market,” they write in a letter to chancellor Rishi Sunak published in the Sunday Times. “Without them the future of the entire UK film industry would look extremely precarious.”
Sam Mendes and Christopher Nolan are among the other signatories.
Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson, Love, Actually director Richard Curtis, Bend It Like Beckham director Gurinder Chadha, actor Jude Law and broadcaster Stephen Fry have also put their names to it.
“We recognise the support that government has already been able to provide,” the letter states. “But we fear that this will not be enough, with the challenges being most acute for those larger cinema operators who have not been able to access any tailored funding….