Last week, Dustin Hoffman made headlines when he said film is the worst it’s been during his 50-year career, while television is at an all-time high.
In an interview with The Independent, Hoffman referred to his breakthrough film, The Graduate, which he made when he was 29 years old, as an example of a great film.
“It’s hard to believe you can do good work for the little amount of money these days. We did The Graduate and that film still sustains, it had a wonderful script that they spent three years on, and an exceptional director with an exceptional cast and crew, but it was a small movie, four walls and actors, that is all, and yet it was 100 days of shooting”.
These days, however, the punishing deadlines of Hollywood films means producers and directors are pumping out highly produced but, ultimately, low-quality films, according to the veteran actor.
While film production is squeezed into an average of 20 days, television series are enjoying a major boom, with large audiences and generous budgets.
It’s reported that each episode of Downton Abbey costs £1 million ($2,055,332) per episode to produce. Meanwhile, Game of Thrones is costing up to $US7 million ($9,349,441) per episode to produce.
But which screen provides the best entertainment?
On the one hand, the box provides show like Love Child, Call The Midwife, Grace and Frankie, Rome, House of Cards and Sherlock.
But on the silver screen we find gems like Boyhood, King’s Speech, 100 Foot Journey, Kingsman: The Secret Service, The Imitation Game, and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
What do you think? Are films or TV better these days? What are you watching that you love?
Let’s talk: Which do you think provides the best entertainment at the moment: film or TV?