Movies, Money And Margaret Thatcher - When The PM Summoned The British Film Industry
Remembering the Downing Street summit that sought to resurrect the nation's cinema.
It's one of those nights everyone remembers - that summer's evening when Noel Gallagher, Kevin Spacey, Eddie Izzard and Ross Kemp rocked up at Number 10 for drinks and nibbles with Tony and Cherie. The zenith/nadir of Cool Britannia, the 1997 Downing Street love-in is right up there with Geri Halliwell's Union Jack dress as far as '90s naffness is concerned.
Seven years earlier, a group of people both greater and gooder than the Blairs' party guests made a similar pilgrimage to Noel, Kev, Ed and Rebekah Wade's then-better half. At least, the location was the same. The reasons for Lords Richard Attenborough and David Puttnam coming to Number 10 were rather different, however.
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Yes, on June 15th 1990, the Oscar-winning producer-director of Gandhi and the Academy Award-winning producer of Chariots Of Fire came to Downing Street at the invitation of Margaret Thatcher; the movie-makers and the Prime Minister having been encouraged to catch-up by Lord Palumbo and/or Lord McCalpine - as with so many aspects of the summit, the details are hazy and largely dependent upon whomever you happen to be talking to.
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