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Producer Rebecca O'Brien reacts to abolition of UK Film Council

The UK Film Council is to be axed as part of a cost-cutting drive by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), it has been announced.

The organisation, founded in 2000, had an annual budget of £15m to invest in British films and employed 75 people.

Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt said he wanted to establish a "direct and less bureaucratic relationship with the British Film Institute".

Independent film producer Rebecca O'Brien, who produces Ken Loach's films and is also on the UK Film Council board, gave her reaction to the decision.