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(From The Guardian)
Byline: FIACHRA GIBBONS, ARTS CORRESPONDENT
The streets of London are eerily empty of Hollywood stars, tumbleweed blows through the vast sound stages of Pinewood and Shepperton, and all of a sudden you can get a table at the Ivy restaurant.
No, it's not a scene from Trainspotting director Danny Boyle's vision of a very English apocalypse, 28 Days Later, but the latest stretch of the boom-and-bust rollercoaster ride of the British film industry.
Figures compiled by Screen International, the film business bible, today confirm what hundreds of out-of-work actors, technicians and crews have been complaining of for months: the industry is in freefall.
After a disastrous drop in the number of Hollywood blockbusters shot here last year - inward investment was down a staggering $480m (pounds 310m) on the previous …