Netflix UK presents boss plans to bring back UK talent
Fiona Lamptey, director of British feature films at Netflix, revealed a strategy to build a rival to Hollywood in the country using top British talent, who are often forced to move to the United States once they get too big for the British Isles.
Speaking during a Spotlight session at the BFI London Film Festival on Saturday, Lamptey said: “My big strategy is to bring back British talent. I think that’s ridiculous: we have the talent, we have the locations, we have the production workforce, we raise them to a point, and there’s nowhere to go.
“I really want to bring back our stars, like the people who have to leave their homes to make a movie that feels lofty or lofty, and that they can be paid for,” Lamptey added. “So I really want to do these projects that look big for the UK but are completely UK related And I want to make Hollywood films – I feel like a British audience, and as a British talent we have a voice, so I want to do our version of that, not their version.
Lamptey produces through his Fruit Tree Media and has had a distinguished career with UK broadcaster Channel 4 and film division Film4, working on feature and short film productions. She took on the newly created role at Netflix in 2020.
Describing his time at the giant streamer as “incredible,” the executive urged event attendees to read Netflix’s cultural document, which was updated in 2017, empowered to do things.
Lamptey said the streamer trusted him to program and find scripts that first work in the UK and then have the thematic ability to travel.
“This is what I’ve been waiting for, my whole career – to really be able to change the industry in a very big way,” Lamptey said. “So that sounds really empowering. It’s great to be a kind of new kind of goalkeeper in the UK ”
The busy executive said she went through 400 scripts and commissioned feature films, budgets started at £ 8million ($ 10.8million).
One of its goals is to commission “gender-wrapped social commentary” projects.
“How do you do both?” How to entertain an audience and also say something? Said Lamptey. “Someone who doesn’t have the same cultural references as you: how does he still like this film? That’s what really interests me.
Lamptey also revealed a new commission in “Cold Harbor Lane”, which she described as “horror / home invasion” and “full of black characters”. Variety contacted Netflix for more details on the film.
The Channel 4 sci-fi miniseries “Foresight” and the feature film “Ear for Eye”, both produced by Lamptey, are on view at the festival, which runs October 6-17.