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British Cinema

This weekend the Observer published their list of the top 25 British films produced in the last 25 years, which makes for thoroughly depressing reading. The top ten of these, in particular, is rather disheartening:

1. Trainspotting
2. Withnail & I
3. Secrets & Lies
4. Distant Voices, Still Lives
5. My Beautiful Laundrette
6. Nil By Mouth
7. Sexy Beast
8. Ratcatcher
9. Slumdog Millionaire
10. Four Weddings and a Funeral

Where do I begin? My problem with this list is that - you know, it's fine. There are - what - two or three excellent films in there and the others are good. Probably. But is this really all that could be cobbled together? The wider list of 25 feels like it contains practically every British film I can name. How is the British film industry so bare?

I noticed that Jason Solomons of the Observer at least had the dignity to post some sort of apology for the paucity of this list, in which he compares the British film industry unfavorably to the French industry, and laments …