British film-making will suffer if Brexit puts obstacles in the way of European nationals working in UK, says director
Award-winning film director Ken Loach has said that Brexit will “throw a spanner in the works” of the British film industry.
The I, Daniel Blake director said any bureaucracy created by the end of freedom of movement between the UK and the European Union will stall co-productions with EU nations.
“If free movement stops and it becomes a big bureaucratic process for people to work in Britain, then that is going to inhibit [co-productions] because it is cumbersome,” he told the Hollywood Reporter.
“Free movement enables Belgians to come, so if free movement stops, that will throw a spanner in the works.”
The two-time winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes said the European Film Academy could play a role in negotiating film workers’ movement rights, according to the US magazine which spoke to him at the Karlovy Vary film festival in the Czech Republic.
I, Daniel Blake, which won him one of those awards, was a joint production between companies in the UK, France and Belgium.
The 81-year-old supporter of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn – he produced a party election broadcast for him – has long used his films to fight for social causes. His 1966 film about homelessness, Cathy Come Home, led to the creation of the Crisis charity.
More than 14,000 jobs could be shed if no deal is negotiated, leaving Britain and the union operating under World Trade Organisation rules, the report said. But if a Swiss-style arrangement was struck where the freedom of movement still exists, then 5,000 jobs could be added, it found.
The latter scenario would seem unlikely, with both Labour and the Tories saying an end to the freedom of movement is necessary.