Wednesday 4 July 2007

Who Writes British Films?

Screen Daily details a UK report, entitled Writing British Films – Who Writes British Films?, which was commissioned by the UK Film Council and conducted by Royal Holloway, University of London. The study interviewed 63 screenwriters credited on a sample of 40 British films in 2004. Some of the statistics revealed:

  • 98% of the writers were white
  • 82.5% were men
  • 66% were aged over 46 and most earned relatively high incomes.
  • 61%, of the writers questioned were not British.
  • 57%, whether of British or overseas nationality, were contactable only via a Hollywood agent.
  • 77% of the respondents had worked previously in television.

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