the media and entertainment union
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23 October 2009

BECTU has welcomed the prime minister’s announcement that a new state-of-the-art National Film Centre is to be created at the BFI on London’s South Bank.

Last week the government announced that it would be committing £45m to the project.

Commenting on the news, national official, Pat Styles, said:

“This announcement is very timely as our members working at the BFI have been anxiously waiting to hear if the National Film Centre project would be going ahead. It is hoped that this encouraging development will lead to the National Film Centre taking its rightful place alongside other cultural centres of excellence where our members work.”

“It is heartening that Gordon Brown and the government recognise the vital contribution made to the UK economy by the creative industries. A £45m capital investment in the National Film Centre in recognition of this fact.”

“BECTU members are at the heart of the BFI, whether they work in preserving the nation’s film heritage at the archive in Berkhampsted or whether they assist the viewing public in their enjoyment of this rich film heritage at the  BFI Southbank.”

Pat Styles continued:

“The BFI faces a huge challenge in delivering a state-of-the-art National Film Centre which meets the diverse needs of audiences and which provides our members with the tools they need to satisfy that promise.”

“BECTU looks forward to working with the BFI on this challenge. Our members are passionate about film and this exciting project will enable us to share that passion with the viewing public.”