Thursday, 14 September 2006

Made In Britain

Something like "Aftermaths" is hard to do.

I live in England, UK, and for the last decade of so we've seen our television and film plummit to new depths. Look at all the reality television rubbish on our screens at the moment ("Love Island", "I'm a Celebrity", "Big Brother", etc). All cheap to make, and now will have the everlasting effect of say "Fawtly Towers", "The Office" or "Only Fools and Horses". Even our dramas are effectively dumping down. "The Bill", "Holby City", "Casualty", et al were all once gritty television - but are now nothing more than extended soap operas. To make matters worse, our film industry here in the UK is dying a slow and painful death. If a film's British of late, then it has to star Hugh bloody Grant, or Tweedle Dumb and Tweedle Dee (Ant and Dec to everyone else). We've stopped becoming adventurous in what we watch and so, an entire generation of film makers are growing up, force fed trashy media. It's lead to a diastrous backlash of creativity; people know what's wrong, but cannot possibly work out how to make it right again.

Which is why I'm grateful to shows like "Doctor Who", "Life on Mars" and even Sky One funded "Battlestar Gallactica" which are all incredible pieces of sci-fi, but more importantly, incredible pieces of drama. They not only entertain an audience, but challenge their very way of thinking too - and that's exactly what good television/film should do.

Going back to "Aftermaths", I have one specific aim from the script. I want to use it to develop a new style of British cinema, one that's a far cry from the drivel being produced today. Of course I recognise that it's a long process, and one that won't simple happen over night. "Aftermaths" and "April 3rd" are the starting points though; a new beginning, in my own personal way of life, for British media. If we get just a handful of people watching our films, going away satisfied afterwards, then I'll be happy - because who knows, it may be enough to drag them out of their slums, and to actually make them sit up and take notice for a change. If enough people demand change from our television / film, then change will come at last.

And then, and only then, can we truly stand up and say, "The British are coming!"
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