Chris Jones, producer of the low-budget horror flick Urban Ghost Story, is one of the organisers of this month’s London Screenwriters Festival, which runs October 29-31. He singled out Andrea Arnold’s Red Road as an example of a British film made much too expensively considering the size of its potential audience. Jones says British filmmakers must stop making such expensive features. “We’ve got to stop wasting money [and] making films nobody wants to see,” Jones told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. Red Road cost $3 million to produce and has so far grossed $2 million worldwide — although that doesn’t take into account DVD and sales to TV. Jones said the way most features are financed means filmmakers never see any money back. “The pie is sliced in such a way that [the] filmmaker is often the last to feed at the table they’ve built.”
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