Oscar-winning film-maker Anthony Minghella hates being the chairman off the British Film Institute (BFI) because he is constantly bombarded with questions about the financial state of the UK movie industry.

The Cold Mountain director is so annoyed by the constant inquiries, he has vowed never to talk about the subject again - and he is convinced the media just want to ridicule British efforts to rival Hollywood.

He says, "I'm fed up with being asked about the state of British cinema. I don't want to hear about it. I'm a wop, so I don't have to defend the rights of the British.

"We're such a misanthropic country and we're always seeing the bad in everything. It's so dull. The print press and the media always want to talk about what's bad in the industry.

"I certainly didn't join the BFI to moan."