Two British political parties enlist film directors to help with image

October 09, 1991|By Los Angeles Times

Election fever is in the air in London, with political pundits predicting that British Prime Minister John Major might call a general election as early as November.

With this in mind, both Major's Conservative government and the opposition Labor Party have called in filmmakers whose resumes include Oscar-winning movies to help enhance their images.

Hugh Hudson ("Chariots of Fire," "Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes") is helping Labor's crusade to defeat Major's government, while John Schlesinger ("Midnight Cowboy," "Pacific Heights") has been enlisted by the Conservatives to maintain the status quo.

Both men have made party political broadcast films -- 10-minute promotional movies that air on all four British terrestrial TV channels in prime time.

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