The excellent England Expects blog today relays the story of European Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou’s triumphant comments about the Oscar success of the British made film, The King’s Speech.
An article in Eurasiareview reported that European Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou welcomed the major success of EU-backed film ‘The King’s Speech’, which was crowned with four Oscars at last night’s 83rd Academy Awards ceremony in Hollywood. No, really. Vassiliou, who is the bureaucracy’s lavishly paid placeman in the role of education and culture, went on to say:
“What a great night for the European film industry and the MEDIA programme. Europe loves cinema and the world loves our films! My congratulations to Tom Hooper and Susanne Bier, who showed that you don’t need a massive budget to make world-beating films. This shows that the European film industry can compete with the best.”
The European Film Industry? The King’s Speech was produced by UK company Bedlam Productions. Along with the UK Film Council, which put around £1million into the production of the film, the companies listed below – which include Aegis and Molinare, both British companies who also contributed funding – were instrumental in making this British film that competed with the best:
There is a distinct absence of European companies here. So where is this triumphant European Film Industry? For this to be claimed as a European success is pure cant. It is the worst kind of cheap propaganda to make the EU look relevant. The £500k contributed by EU MEDIA that Vassiliou refers to was post production funds for the purpose of distributing the finished product. It’s yet more pathetic Eurobullshit.