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7.4 Writers and directors of UK independent films released in the UK, 2003-2013 We have information on 1,135 writers and 876 directors associated with UK independent films released in the UK between 2003 and 2013 (not including re-releases of classic films). Almost 90% of writers and over 80% of directors have been associated with just one UK independent film during this time, which illustrates how difficult it is to sustain a writing or directing career (Tables 7.4 and 7.5). However, as we are looking just at UK independent films released between 2003 and 2013 it is possible that some directors and writers were involved with more films than these figures indicate. Some might have been involved with earlier films and others will have made successful independent films and gone on to work on studio-backed films. There are also likely to be some writers and directors who have made just one film so far, but will go on to make many more films. Tom Hooper is a good example of a director who appears only once in these data but who has directed more than one successful film. His one independent UK film is The King’s Speech, the all time highest grossing independent UK film at both the UK and worldwide box office. In addition, he has directed two studio-backed UK films, The Damned United and the top UK film of 2013, Les Misérables. The writers who have been involved with the most independent UK films between 2003 and 2013, with six each, are Noel Clarke, Tony Grisoni, Ronald Harwood and Paul Laverty. Frank Cottrell Boyce, Paul Andrew Williams and Michael Winterbottom have both written or co-written the screenplays for five films and writers involved with four films include Simon Beaufoy, Anders Thomas Jensen and Nick Love. The director of the most UK independent films released between 2003 and 2013 was Michael Winterbottom with nine films followed by Ken Loach with eight films and Stephen Frears with six films. Filmmakers who have directed five films include Marc Evans, Kevin Macdonald and Shane Meadows. Table 7.4 Numbers of films written by writers of UK independent films, release years 2003-2013 Number of films written or co-written 7.5 Awards for UK films and talent This section presents the awards won by British talent and UK films at the major film festivals and award ceremonies in the 2013/14 awards cycle. The festivals included here are the Sundance, Berlin, Cannes, Venice and Toronto festivals of 2013 and the BAFTA Film Award and Academy Award® ceremonies which took place in 2014. However, Table 7.6 also shows the number of awards won in calendar year 2013, in order to provide a comparison with previous years. UK films and British individuals won 26 awards in calendar year 2013 and, as there were exactly the same number of British winners at the BAFTAs and Oscars® in both 2013 and 2014 (13 BAFTAs and six Oscars®), there were also 26 British award winners during the 2013/14 awards cycle. The 26 awards won in both calendar year 2013 and the 2013/14 awards cycle represent 15% of the awards available to UK films and British talent (14% in calendar year 2012). Over the period 2001 to 2013 UK films and talent won 14% of available awards (awards specific to foreign nationals or films, 78 – BFI Statistical Yearbook 2014 Number of writers % of writers 1 985 86.8 2 93 8.2 3 43 3.8 4 7 0.6 5 3 0.3 6 4 0.4 Total 1,135 100.0 Source: Rentrak, BFI RSU analysis Note: Percentages may not sum to 100 due to rounding. Table 7.5 Numbers of films directed by filmmakers of UK independent films, release years 2003-2013 Number of films directed or co-directed Number of directors % of directors 1 721 82.3 2 113 12.9 3 22 2.5 4 11 1.3 5 6 0.7 6 1 0.1 8 1 0.1 9 1 0.1 Total 876 100.0 Source: Rentrak, BFI RSU analysis


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