London's Film Industry Booming As Film London Announces Titles Shooting In The City
Date posted: 09.08.2012
- Currently Home to the World's Olympians, the City Welcomes an All Star Cast of Film Stars including Brad Pitt, Penélope Cruz, Michael Fassbender, Chris Pine, Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Cameron Diaz, Nicolas Cage, Javier Bardem, Aaron Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz
- Fast and Furious 6 Planning Dramatic Car Chases Against Backdrop of Iconic London
- The Counselor Successfully Shoots in the Capital During the Olympic Games
- Kenneth Branagh to Direct Jack Ryan on Location in London
- Kick-Ass 2 will begin shooting in the capital later this year
- Film London Celebrates Success in Creating A Film Friendly City, Creating Jobs and Investment for the UK
Film London, the capital's film and media agency, announces a number of blockbuster films shooting in the capital. At an event co-hosted with the Mayor of London and London & Partners against the backdrop of the Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style - the exhibition which celebrates one of London's most famous film exports - Film London's Chief Executive Adrian Wootton reveals Fast and Furious 6, Ridley Scott's The Counselor, Kenneth Branagh's Jack Ryan and Kick-Ass 2 are shooting in London in the second half of 2012, creating thousands of jobs and bringing vital investment into the capital.
A global filming hub, London is home to approximately 75% of the UK industry and feature films shooting in the capital and the studios just outside the city generated over £950m from production spend alone for the UK economy in 2011.
Fast and Furious 6 starring Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson began shooting last week. Producer Neal H. Moritz, whose credits include the successful The Fast & The Furious franchise, The Green Hornet and Jack the Giant Killer (also partly London-shot), was at the event to outline some of the ambitious and dramatic set pieces taking in iconic London locations including King's Cross, Wembley and Canary Wharf. "We're excited to bring the next chapter of The Fast & The Furious franchise to one of the world's most amazing cities," said Neal H. Moritz. "The locations that are available only in London play an integral part of our story, and we're grateful to the people of the city for welcoming the production as we film here."
Ridley Scott is in London in production on The Counselor, with an all star cast including Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz and Javier Bardem. Film London has been supporting the film which is successfully shooting in the capital during the Olympics Games. Executive producer Mark Huffam (Prometheus, Mamma Mia) said: "Film London's support has been invaluable in our negotiations with landmark locations in the capital and we are grateful for their assistance in ensuring the smooth running of the shoot during the Olympic Games."
Following his performance in the Opening Ceremony of the Games, Kenneth Branagh will be in the capital to direct Jack Ryan. Starring Chris Pine (Star Trek), the thriller is being produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mace Neufeld.
While stars Aaron Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz and Nicolas Cage reunite for Kick-Ass 2, the sequel of the critically acclaimed Kick Ass, which will begin shooting in the capital later this year.
Harry Potter film series star Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) and Josh Berger, President and Managing Director of Warner Bros. UK, Ireland and Spain, also joined the event to speak about the experience of filming in London, and about the studio's new permanent production base, Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden, home to all eight Harry Potter films, and the capital's newest tourist attraction, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: "London has an incomparable film heritage - from Hitchcock to Harry Potter via Hammer and Harold Shand, this city has been home to some of the greatest and most beloved films of all time. And thanks to the unique opportunities for film-makers, including a world-class roster of talent in front of and behind the camera, and amazing locations that are recognisable the world over, we are delighted that more and more productions are deciding to set up shop in London. The film industry in and around London supports 70,000 jobs and generates nearly £1bn of spending every year, providing a fantastic boost to our economy. I fully expect to see this increase in the coming years."
Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive of Film London and the British Film Commission, said: "Thanks to an extremely supportive Mayor, Film London has been able to ensure the capital is one of the most popular destinations for film production in the world. Our locations and facilities are of course a draw, but it has also been vital to bring the capital's organisations and agencies together to collaborate in making the most complex shoots a reality on the streets of London. We've had everyone from Bourne to Bond and Bridget Jones running through the capital, creating iconic images of the city seen all over the world. I am delighted to be announcing another fantastic list of titles shooting here this year. With the success of the Olympics we have an incredible platform to build on and Film London is working to ensure we keep the momentum up and continue to drive vital investment into the UK, through film and TV production."
Other films currently in production in London are Maleficent starring Angelina Jolie based in Pinewood Studios and Richard Curtis' About Time, starring Rachel McAdams and Domhnall Gleeson, while Dom Hemingway, starring Jude Law and Richard E. Grant, is one of a number of other big budget films in pre production.
Films recently finished production in the capital include the latest Bond film Skyfall, Ron Howard's epic action-drama Rush, Tom Hooper's follow up to the Oscar®-winning The King's Speech, musical epic Les Misérables, and thriller Trance from director Danny Boyle, a film which was in production while Boyle produced his acclaimed Olympic Opening Ceremony.
Some of 2012's biggest releases shot in London and the South East including The Dark Knight Rises, Prometheus, Snow White and the Huntsman and The Iron Lady. Upcoming London-shot releases include Tim Burton's Frankenweenie, Anna Karenina starring Keira Knightley, Gravity starring George Clooney and Cloud Atlas starring Tom Hanks.
Since Film London launched in 2004 there has been a massive 30% rise in filming in the capital and the city now welcomes an average of 35 crews on the streets of London everyday. As well as providing on the ground support to feature films, the agency has been instrumental in making the city more attractive to film-makers. This includes implementing vital legislation allowing productions to close roads for filming and managing the London Filming Partnership - an active network of over 250 organisations, boroughs and locations, including TfL, the Metropolitan Police, the National Trust and venues such as Somerset House, committed to making London a film friendly city.
To ensure film productions continued to chose London in 2012, Film London has been working with the Mayor of London, London's councils, and various agencies over the past four years to make certain international and domestic production industries were aware of the impact hosting the Games would have on the city. The agency has worked with productions to navigate potential disruptions and suggested alternatives and doubles outside of central London.
Film London has also been advising broadcasters in London for the Games how best to capture the city on film. Based at the London Media Centre, a working facility for thousands of media from across the globe, Film London is providing practical recommendations and troubleshooting any issues regarding filming in London.
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Notes to Editors
About Film London
Film London, as the capital's film and media agency, aims to ensure London has a thriving film sector that enriches the city's businesses and its people. The agency works with all the screen industries to sustain, promote and develop London as a major international production and film cultural capital, and it supports the development of the city's new and emerging film-making talent. Film London is funded by the Mayor of London, the National Lottery through the BFI, and receives significant support from Arts Council England and Creative Skillset.
Film London's activities include:
- Managing the national remit for inward investment through film
- Maintaining, strengthening and promoting London and the South East's position as a film-friendly region to attract investment
- Investing in new and established talent through a range of specialised production schemes
- Boosting employment and competitiveness in the capital's film and media sectors by facilitating funding as well as supporting training and business development activities
- Maximising access to the capital's film culture by helping audiences discover film in all its diversity
- Working with a wide range of partners to promote London through the production industries
- Utilizing opportunities provided by London 2012 and its legacy to strengthen the capital's film industry and culture
Film London also manages the British Film Commission through a public/private partnership which is funded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport through the BFI. www.britishfilmcommission.org.uk
London’s Screen Archives, recently held the Screen Heritage conference “Future-proofing Our Collections: Unleashing the Power of Archive Film” to discuss the value of archive film and its potential to bring together communities and inspire new audiences.