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The History of British Cinema: 2007












The Queen (2007)





12/2 -

Stephen FrearsThe Queen wins best film of the year at this year’s British Academy Film Awards (the BAFTAs), while its star, Helen Mirren, wins the best actress award for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II. [ADD]





2/3 -

The government announces an immediate outlawing of GAAP funds which have invested hundreds of millions of dollars in British movies over the past few years. [ADD]





9/3 -

The government announces that film sale-and-leaseback’ deals are to be excluded from its recent tax clampdown following furious lobbying by industry leaders. [ADD]





15/3 -

Culture secretary Tessa Jowell announces that the government will take an extra £650 million to cover the spiralling cost of preparing for the 2012 Olympics.   The news means the UK Film Council will lose approximately £2.5 million from its annual lottery budget of £25 million from 2009. [ADD]





26/3 -

Filming of a new version of St Trinians begins after being delayed by a week due to the government’s tax clampdown.   Rupert Everett plays the dual roles of the school headmistress and her brother (originally played by Alistair Sim), Emily Watson assumes the jolly hockey-sticks role previously played by Joyce Grenfell, and comedian Russell Brand plays Flash Harry. [ADD]





27/3 -

Pinewood Shepperton’s 007 stage, which was seriously damaged by fire in July 2006, is fully operational after a £8 million refurbishment. [ADD]





18/4 -

A group of parents living in the New Forest announce their intention to challenge the government’s plans to distribute Al Gore’s Oscar-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth to every secondary school in the country, claiming it amounts to political indoctrination. [ADD]





10/10 -

A judge finds that Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth, although broadly accurate, contains errors and exaggerations that violate laws intended to prevent the promotion of political views in schools. [ADD]





28/10 -

The four corgis who played Helen Mirren’s pets in the film The Queen win the Best Historical Hounds and the Best in the World Awards in the first Fido Awards Ceremony at the London Film Festival. [ADD]


Gt. Britain: 2006

Gt. Britain: 2008




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