Cinema’s New Epicenter
The United Kingdom is overtaking Hollywood as cinema’s epicenter, Lord Ping is delighted to announce. The biggest film of 2023 was filmed here, and it looks like time is finally up for Hollywood’s 110-year stranglehold over the big screen.
Whilst I certainly wasn’t in the Barbie movie’s target audience, I cannot deny the film’s success. A £1.1 billion gross is nothing to sniff at, and I’d wager that many of Britain’s common folk have never seen a number that big. If that wasn’t good enough, the UK has also been busy producing some of the finest television shows of this generation.
Barbie, Indiana Jones, Ted Lasso
Several film-goers would’ve assumed that the most successful film of the year was shot under the golden skies of California, but in reality, the scenes took place in Leavesden, Hertfordshire - evidence that the UK is becoming the film capital of the world. Hollywood may have more prestige, but the location is becoming more and more expensive and the ongoing strikes in the US have caused studios to think of another solution across the pond.
Large portions of the latest installment of Indiana Jones were shot in our fine country, too, as is the hit TV show Ted Lasso. For those who thought the UK’s burgeoning status as a film superpower is merely a fad, it’s time to think again. Studio space is becoming more and more like gold dust and we are, in true British fashion, taking advantage of this.
Global Production Hub
BFI chief Ben Roberts spared no expense when it came to describing Britain’s greatness, explaining: "I think the reason we have such a successful global production hub here in the UK is a combination of the tax breaks, but also the quality of our crews, the availability of talent… on-screen acting talent from the UK is world-renowned and very popular.’’
The Barbie movie is, as far as I’m concerned, a drop in the ocean as far as Britain’s potential is concerned. As time goes on, I’m sure more and more major studios will want a piece of the action and find permanent residency here. Those who love to moan about our great country will certainly ignore our new golden age, but Britain’s growing cinematic reputation will soon become too big to ignore.
There’s never a bad time to live in the United Kingdom, and our newfound status as the kings of Hollywood will serve as another feather in our caps.
LORD PING, THE ONLINE CASINO FOR OPINIONATED PLAYERS!
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