Asking for an increase in the rate for theatre’s tax-relief scheme, from 20% to 50%, Mendes invites the government to become a “theatrical angel” akin to the private individuals who invest in productions and share in the profits of successful shows. “This is not a request for a handout, or for long-term life support,” he writes, calling on the government to commit to a Cultural Investment Participation Scheme. “It is an offer for the government to become partners in a successful business.” … [Read more...] about Sam Mendes calls on Netflix and Amazon to share ‘Covid-19 windfall’ with theatre
I also wonder if you have spoken to your European counterparts about protecting the arts from economic ruin. I am well aware that you are part of a Brexit-driven government that relies on the myth of British exceptionalism. But it is surely worth noting that the German government has pledged €1bn to support the arts in crisis and that the French have, among other measures, created a fund of €7bn for small businesses, including those that have had to cancel shows and film shoots. By comparison our £160m Arts Council emergency package looks like very small beer. … [Read more...] about Dear Oliver Dowden, have you even begun to grasp the scale of our arts crisis?
For comparison, Christopher Nolan’s Second World War film Dunkirk began with just over £10m, and then declined 18 per cent in its second weekend of play. If 1917 follows the same trajectory as Dunkirk, it should reach around £38-39m by the end of its run. … [Read more...] about UK box office report, Jan 17-19: 1917 will set record as UK cinema’s biggest grossing First World War film
It was a tough book to write, and her struggles with it led inadvertently to the other project that came out of that period – a film script. "While I was writing Let the Northern Lights, Dave was working on What Is the What" – his non-fiction book about a Sudanese refugee. "They were intense books for both of us, so we'd meet in the living room and work on this script to wind down. We ended up showing it to some people, and Sam Mendes decided to do it." The script came to life as Away We Go, a 2009 road movie about rudderless thirtysomethings Burt and Verona who find themselves pregnant with their first child and set out across America in search of somewhere to settle down. The couple wrote the film after the birth of their first child: they have a daughter and a son. "That thing happened," Vida says, "where you become pregnant and you're suddenly aware of this whole other world that was going on parallel to the one you were living in." … [Read more...] about A life in writing: Vendela Vida
Administrators said they were "shocked and perplexed" by the accusations, claiming the "very modest" €900,000 annual budget had been stretched a long way. "It has transformed the city, multiplying the number of tourists by four and acting as a spur for the local economy," they said. … [Read more...] about Spain’s €44m Niemeyer centre is shut in galleries glut