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GOLDCREST FILMS

Inaugurated in ’77 by Canadian producer Jake Eberts, the meteoric rise of this company to the status of ‘saviour of the British film industry’ and its even more rapid decline is the stuff of legend. With the likes of Puttnam and Welland in the vanguard, high profile successes like Chariots of Fire, The Mission and The Killing Fields were a shoo-in, along with stuff that’s more up our street – Local Hero, The Ploughman’s Lunch and P’tang Yang Kipperbang. Jake and chums snared 15 Oscars between them for that little lot, eight of them for Gandhi. Then came an ill-advised expansion into other territories, Absolute Beginners, White Mischief and Revolution. Game over.

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