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27/02/2004

Four new members join UK Film Council board

Films Minister Estelle Morris has announced the appointment of four new members to the UK Film Council.
The appointments of Gurinder Chadha, Mark Devereux, Heather Rabbatts and Colin Brown are for a period of three years and commence with immediate effect.
The four new members bring a mixture of experience in directing, training and education, finance and film infrastructure, all vitally important to the UK Film Council's work to make the UK a "film hub" and a natural supplier of skills and services to the global film market.
Announcing the appointments, Estelle Morris said: "I am delighted that Gurinder Chadha, Mark Devereux, Heather Rabbatts and Colin Brown have joined as board members of the UK Film Council. If we are to bolster the UK's role in the global market we need the very best people with a wide range of experience leading at the top. I'm certain that their combined wealth of experience and expertise in filmmaking and film infrastructure will prove to be an asset."
Film director Chadha has directed 'Bend it Like Beckham', which earned over £11 million at the UK box-office, the most ever for a British financed and British distributed film. Devereux, a solicitor specialising in media, is the Senior Partner of the law firm Olswang, and has worked in the film industry for nearly 24 years. Brown is the Chair of Cinesite Worldwide - a vendor of film effects to the international film industry. Rabbatts is Managing Director of 4Learning, Channel 4's education division.
Sir Alan Parker CBE, Chair of the UK Film Council, said: "Gurinder, Mark, Heather and Colin will bring even more expertise in production, business and education to the UK Film Council's board. I'm delighted to welcome them to the team and look forward to working with them as we push ahead with our second stage of development to support the development of the British film industry."
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