IELTS Writing Task 2 with sample answer.
You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
People tend to watch foreign movies more than local movies these days. Should government financially support local movies?
Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
Write at least 250 words.
The world we live in has become a global village. In this era of globalization, national boundaries are becoming increasingly meaningless in the global economy. Consequently, there are plenty of foreign movies in our country and people incline to the foreign movies, particularly Hollywood movies. Some people opine that the government should financially support local movies. In this instance, I completely agree with the notion that it will help to grapple with cultural aggression.
To start with, foreign movies, especially Hollywood movies, are usually big-budget movies. These big-budget spectacle movies are designed for exciting watching experience with impressive graphics, explosions, and actions. As a result, these films have a competitive edge over local movies, and the local movies cannot compete with the heavily promoted movies that the sophisticated film industries produce. That is why, the government should financially support for thriving national film industry.
In addition, visual media like movies exert a powerful influence more than any other cultural forms. It may change or spoil values or norms of society. That is to say, foreign movies introduce exotic culture that is not compatible to the local culture, which in turn harms unity of the society. On the top of that, these movies tend to export cultural hegemony to other countries. For example, in Hollywood film, American hegemony is used as a widely accepted cultural norm that is depicted in a film. Youngsters, in our country, are prone to eat American burger which is even harmful to our body. So, our local movies ought to be supported financially by the government in order to grapple with cultural hegemony exported by foreign movies.
From what has been discussed above, it is clear that the local movies should be heavily subsidized by the government as films are the flagship of creative arts that can prevent cultural hegemony, while fuels national unity nurturing culture and tradition.