Gordon BrownAs the nation gets ready to vote, 16 major players in the British film industry have come out in support of the Labour party.

Slumdog Millionaire director, Danny Boyle, movie legend, Lord Richard Attenborough, Oscar-winning actress, Emma Thompson and Bourne Identity filmmaker, Paul Greengrass, are among those backing Gordon Brown's Labour government in a letter published by The Guardian.

In the letter, the 16 signatories note the huge economic impact the current government has made on the British film industry, claiming they have invested £665 million through the UK Film Council since they came to power in 1997, alongside tax relief to aid film production in the UK. Gordon BrownAs the nation gets ready to vote, 16 major players in the British film industry have come out in support of the Labour party.

Slumdog Millionaire director, Danny Boyle, movie legend, Lord Richard Attenborough, Oscar-winning actress, Emma Thompson and Bourne Identity filmmaker, Paul Greengrass, are among those backing Gordon Brown's Labour government in a letter published by The Guardian.

In the letter, the 16 signatories note the huge economic impact the current government has made on the British film industry, claiming they have invested £665 million through the UK Film Council since they came to power in 1997, alongside tax relief to aid film production in the UK.

They write: "Whatever the result of the forthcoming election, the labour government needs to be applauded for the significant and valuable impact it has had on the British film industry."

Quoted in The Guardian, Stuart Till, a former chair of the UK Film Council and chief executive of film distributor Icon says: "I think Labour has done a fantastic job for the film industry. They have been very supportive through the UK Film Council. The result is that the industry is in really good shape, and I felt that that should be acknowledged."

Remembering that it was Gordon Brown, who when Chancellor supported tax relief for film production he adds: "He likes film, and he understands the economic value they bring."

It is not known what affect a change of party in power would have on the British film industry. One name missing from The Guardian letter is Michael Caine who last month pledged his support to David Cameron's Conservatives, while Colin Firth and Daniel Radcliffe were among the celebrities listed as Lib-Dem supporters by Channel 4 News this week.

The 20 year-old Harry Potter star said: "If all the people who liked the Lib-Dems voted for them you could change politics overnight and we could have a proper three-party system."

Or alternatively we could have a really good Triwizard Tournament.

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