Fans flocking back to cinemas after big year for film
Following a year-on-year decline in cinema audiences, the British film industry has rallied, thanks largely to the rainy weather and the Harry Potter effect.
So far this year British films have accounted for 27% of box office takings, compared with 19% for the whole of 2006.
The likes of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Hot Fuzz and Atonement have provided a much needed boost for the UK film industry, while analysts claim the lack of big sporting or TV events has also driven audiences out of their armchairs and into cinemas.
A spokeswoman for the UK Film Council commented: ‘We are not just talking about the Harry Potter effect, though powerful films like Potter or Bond will always have their own impact.
‘We have had the most amazing year with a wide range of different films, starting on the tail end of The History Boys, followed by Notes on a Scandal and The Last King of Scotland.’