Martin Scorsese is pessimistic about the future of the movie business.

The 'Shutter Island' director admits the film industry needs financial support and he is not hopeful about getting it.

He said: "I would hope that some financial support will be given to film-makers like the Cohen Brothers, David Lynch, Jim Jarmusch and so many others, but I'm not optimistic about the future of serious film-making."

The 67-year-old Oscar winner also rejects the idea that because his movies are often box office successes he now has more clout with studios.

He said: "Where there is more money there is a struggle for the chance to take risks with that money."

Discussing his own career, Scorsese - who has directed blockbuster movies including 'The Aviator', 'Gangs of New York' and 'The Departed' - wishes his parents could have seen his success.

He said: "I look back at the movies I've made and the world I came from and I wish my parents were still here to see some of this.

"The joy now, or the attempt at joy, is really with the family."