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Capital Year for Film Production

Date posted: 21.05.2007

Figures published today by Film London reveal a 42% increase in filming in the capital over the last three years.

In 2006 there were up to 38 crews on the streets of London every day of the year, generating 13,802 days of filming.* This confirms London as the third busiest international centre for filming.

Westminster topped the poll with 2,310 shooting days in the London borough during 2006. Kensington and Chelsea (920) experienced the biggest actual increase in filming, up 296 days on 2005.

Several outer London boroughs also experienced a notable rise in filming including Waltham Forest (97) which saw an eight-fold increase; while Merton (354) and Brent (331) both more than doubled their amount of filming.

Almost 100 feature films shot in London during 2006, including: 28 Weeks Later, Blood Diamond, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, The Golden Age, Hot Fuzz, Jhoom Barabar Jhoom, Run Fat Boy Run, Salaam-E-Ishq and The Golden Compass.

The announcement of new legislation should further encourage crews to film in the capital. The London Local Authorities and Transport for London Bill, currently passing through the House of Lords and anticipated to become law over the summer, is set to make it legal for the first time in the UK to close roads for the express purpose of filming.

Read the full press release, which reveals the top ten boroughs for filming and further statistical information.

* These figures were collated through filming statistics provided by London’s 33 boroughs. They include shooting for films, TV and commercials.

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