I will admit that I like her acting. This demand from Julie Walters rather less so:
Julie Walters has called for more government backing for the British film industry, saying homegrown movies such as the Harry Potter series show “how great we are”.
The actress, who played Molly Weasley in the film adaptations of the JK Rowling books, criticised the “lack of backing for our film industry”.
“British films bring a lot of revenue into this country and should be supported,” she said, in an interview with Yours magazine.
“Our special effects are the best in the world, thanks to the Harry Potter films, which we made in Britain with a British cast and crew.
“They weren’t Americanised and are total proof of how great we Brits are at film.”
Excellent, the Harry Potter movies have made vast sums of money, indeed they have. So, the evidence of vast private profit is evidence of the need for State subsidy now is it?
What’s that line about the privatisation of profit and the socialisation of losses?
“Art should reflect society but that’s not going to happen if there’s no funding for working class kids – like I was – to follow their passion,” she said.
“In acting, I certainly think we could end up with too many posh people, the only people who can afford to go to drama school, and that all the working class roles will be taken by posh people pretending to be working class, like it used to be before the Sixties.
“Not that there will be many new working class roles because there won’t be any working class writers and the society we’ll live in won’t be represented.
“If I was starting out today, I would never have been able to afford to go to drama school.”
And I’m absolutely certain that Ms. Walters, as with other associated successful luvvies, have decent personal fortunes which could be applied to scholarships to RADA. As and when they are then I’ll be happy enough to listen to the calls that we taxpayers should be adding to them. Until then, fuck off.