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Memorandum on the state of the British film industry, 1932

The memorandum, to be submitted jointly to the government by the Federation of British Industries (representing British business) and the Trades Union Congress (representing British workers), expresses great concern about "the menace of Americanisation by means of the film". The extract reproduced below argues that Hollywood imports act as a threat to both Britain's financial interests and to "English speech, customs, and cultural standards".

Included in a file on 'Film Industry: Enquiry 1930', from the archive of the Trades Union Congress; document reference: MSS.292/675.8/2. The archives of the Federation of British Industries include minutes of an earlier conference on the crisis of the British film industry - in 1925.

Memorandum on the state of the British film industry, 1932

Memorandum on the state of the British film industry, 1932