The Time Out film debate 2012 highlights

Your thoughts on films and filmgoing in 2012

In October, Time Out sponsored the Debate strand at the London Film Festival. We also took the opportunity to kickstart our own debate, to find out how our readers feel about the state of films and filmgoing in 2012. Here we take a close look at a few of the most interesting results.

Should the British Film Institute only finance 'commercially successful pictures'?

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David Cameron made headlines recently by saying that taxpayer money should only be spent on movies that will make big bucks at the box office. Only 10 percent of you agree with him on this, and 62 percent make the point that it’s impossible to tell what will become a hit.

You might have had ‘The King’s Speech’ in mind. It grossed a stonking $414 million last year, way ahead of ‘Captain America’ and ‘X-Men: First Class’. No one would have predicted that, but 28 percent of you are art-for-art’s-sake purists and take the view that filmmakers should keep their minds on higher things.

See more results from the Time Out film debate 2012

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