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Brits in a Snit

U.K. government has Brit actors steamed -- Jude Law and Keira Knightley are just a few who are upset over the closure of a loophole that allowed tax breaks to independent film investors

Jude Law is upset. ''The British government enjoys making it as hard as possible to make any films whatsoever,'' says the actor. Hey, Jude, why so mad? Turns out the British government's recent abrupt closing of a loophole that granted tax breaks to folks who invested in independent movies, like ''Bend It Like Beckham'' and ''Girl With a Pearl Earring,'' has effectively killed several films -- including Law's 17th-century romance ''Tulip Fever.'' While U.K. Film Council spokesman Ian Thomson points out, ''Having a government that supports the film industry is not a right -- it's a benefit,'' Law isn't mincing words. ''They say we're this incredibly creative, artistic nation,'' he says, ''but they just make it virtually impossible to do anything creative or artistic.'' Fever indeed.

Originally posted Jun 11, 2004 Published in issue #769 Jun 11, 2004 Order article reprints