A-Team Star Condemns Decision To Close UK Film Council

July 29, 2010 by  
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Oscar-winning actor Liam Neeson has spoken out against the coalition government’s decision to axe the UK Film Council.

Speaking at the UK launch of The A-Team (in which Neeson plays Col. Hannibal Smith), the Irish star described the decision as “deplorable”.

“We have to do something about it because need movies. It’s a powerful industry that provides a credible entertainment for millions of people and I think it’s wrong, I just think it is wrong for the government to do this” said Neeson.

“I know we need to tighten our belts but not with our movie council. They can’t, we need it. It is a lifeblood for any culture.”

Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced on Monday that the Council is to be abolished as part of a cost-cutting drive by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

The UK Film Council gave funding to Breakfast On Pluto and The Other Man, both of which starred Neeson.

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