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I was disgusted to see Jeremy Corbyn not only reading our book Bear Hunt to a group of small children but also showing them the text (Election 2017, 22 April). Schools minister Nick Gibb explained to me that it’s “dangerous” to let young children see “non-phonically regular” texts as it “confuses” them; children in such situations will “guess” the words, or use “other cues”, like the grammar of the sentence or context of the story. If I understand the Gibb theory correctly, I should say that it may have looked as if the children were enjoying themselves, but Corbyn was in fact exposing them to great risks.
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Star Wars: a force for good in the British film industry
Films like Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, Justice League and Paddington 2 have brought Hollywood investment streaming into the British film industry over the past year, it was revealed today. According to figures released yesterday by the British Film Institute, inward investment for 2016 was up 18%, totalling £1.35bn.
A total of 48 major Hollywood films were shot wholly or partially in the UK last year, along with numerous smaller ones. Projects partly developed in the country, such as Bridget Jones's Baby and Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, have enjoyed international success, helping to attract more business.
One big factor is believed to have been the UK's film tax incentive scheme, intoduced in 2015 by the then Chancellor George Osborne, himself a big film fan with family connections to the industry. The dramatic fall in the pound in the »
- Jennie Kermode
Some 200 movie shoots spent £1.6bn in Britain in 2016, a rise of 13% on the previous year, reveal new BFI statistics
The Brits may not be coming at this year’s Oscars, as Tuesday’s nominations saw the country score its lowest number in a decade, but the film industry is increasingly coming to Britain.
New statistics released by the British Film Institute on 26 January show that 200 feature films started shooting in the UK last year, contributing to a total spend of £1.6 billion. This is a 13% rise from the previous year’s figures – and the highest number since the record started in 1994. Of the 200 films, 48 were funded outside the UK, and these account for 85% of the total investment.
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- Catherine Shoard
Renton’s original rant has been repurposed so many times that even George Osborne has parodied it. Can the new film’s update ever be more than a middle-aged delusion?
Twenty-one years ago, Ewan McGregor, albeit briefly, tapped into prevailing anxieties over the spiritual bankruptcy of western consumerist society. “Choose life,” began his monologue as smackhead Mark Renton in Danny Boyle’s film adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s novel Trainspotting. “Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family. Choose a fucking big television. Choose washing machines, cars, compact disc players, and electrical tin can openers. Choose good health, low cholesterol and dental insurance. Choose fixed-interest mortgage repayments. Choose a starter home …”
Can Ewan do it again? Can he speak to 2017’s zeitgeist as he did in 1996? In the sequel, T2 Trainspotting, Renton, sexy druggie nihilist turned 46-year-old failed accountant with heart problems, updates the iconic speech from the original »
- Stuart Jeffries
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