Hollywood actor joins Arts campaign

Actor Stephen Rea with his letter to the First Minister and Deputy First Minister in support of the Fair Deal for the Arts NI Campaign. The letter calls on the Executive to consider how investment in the Creative Industries, and film in particular, has benefited the local economy and Northern Ireland's image abroad. (180211JC4)
Actor Stephen Rea with his letter to the First Minister and Deputy First Minister in support of the Fair Deal for the Arts NI Campaign. The letter calls on the Executive to consider how investment in the Creative Industries, and film in particular, has benefited the local economy and Northern Ireland's image abroad. (180211JC4)

Hollywood actor Stephen Rea made a plea to the Northern Ireland Executive today to reconsider the disproportionately high £4.2million cuts proposed for the arts budget.

Well known for his roles in films such as The Crying Game, V for Vendetta and Interview with a Vampire, Mr Rea, in a letter to the First Minister and Deputy First Minister, asked the Stormont Government to reconsider the proposed cuts.

“The actors, directors, script writers, lighting engineers, set designers, costume designers and make-up artists from Northern Ireland who have gone on to develop successful stage, film and TV careers, learned and developed their craft at local theatre venues,” Mr Rea said.

“Arts and culture are the hallmarks of civilisation. If we fail to maintain our investment on our most valuable defining assets, we become impoverished as a place and as a people,” his letter concluded.

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