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Eurotrash will employ Europeans

Thanks for all the fish, obviously

From our Swindon Correspondent:

From the Guardian:-
British actors will be barred from auditioning to play Prince William in a forthcoming film, because of new restrictions introduced after the country separates from the EU in January.

A new casting notice asking for boys aged between nine and 12 years old, who could conceivably play William at age 11, stipulates that only European passport holders can apply. “NOT British-European,” warns the note, “due to new Brexit rules from 1st January 2021.”

Sounds awful, doesn’t it? Jobs being destroyed by Brexit and all that…
Amy Hubbard, who is the casting director on the film, later explained that it is common practice on films for key roles to be filled by actors who share citizenship with the financiers.
Why would most finance people care? Disney seem to have plenty of British, Danish, French and German actors in their superhero movies.

In order to qualify for various grants, tax breaks and to meet eligibility criteria for some film festivals and awards, productions must fulfil a number of quotas, which can include nationality. The separation of the UK from the rest of Europe is therefore likely to impact the potential employability of those without EU passports who are seeking work in particular projects.

Right. So we’re not talking red tooth and claw capitalists here who just want to cast he best person for the part. This is some sort of bloated EU or national Cultural Fund giving you a tax break or throwing money at you. And as you might expect from such a thing, they want to be able to justify their existence by pointing out all the Europeans in the films they’re funding. The producers are shooting in Paris anyway, so check over the rules, what’s the minimum number of Frenchies we need to get the money, how many baguettes, accordions and mimes do they have to show, tick the boxes and collect the dosh.

Which all sounds rough for British jobs, but of course, it’s a zero sum gain at worst. The actor isn’t getting the money, but that money comes from UK tax payers and 1st January, it isn’t. We can go and spend our money on Simon Cowell records instead.

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MrYan
MrYan
9 months ago

Having to spend our money on Simon Cowell records is the most coherent argument I’ve heard against Brexit. Why didn’t the government put that out in Project Fear?

maffski
maffski
9 months ago

Surely we are talking ‘red tooth and claw capitalists’? They could go for talent and hope the vagaries of public opinion turn it into a profitable hit, or they could milk the public purse via unavoidable taxes and be certain of an income.

Bloke on M4
Bloke on M4
9 months ago
Reply to  maffski

The film producers are capitalists, yes. They look around for the best deals on subsidies and tax breaks. There are experts in this field.

There are all sorts of features of films that are influenced by this. Like Baby Driver is set in Atlanta because Georgia gives better tax breaks than California.

David
David
9 months ago

I guess the accent will be atrocious. Or probably a Brit with Irish parents will get it

John B
John B
9 months ago

There are no EU Passports, just National Passports of Countries in the EU.

Quentin Vole
Quentin Vole
9 months ago
Reply to  John B

Coming your way soon, baby!

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