Mayor of London Hails Bumper Year for Film-making in the Capital
Date posted: 17.10.2012
With the 56th BFI London Film Festival underway, The Mayor of London and Film London hosted the UK premiere of Hyde Park on Hudson at this year's Centrepiece Gala.
Shot in London and the UK by a British crew, the film's US star, Bill Murray, attended the event to celebrate great British film-making talent, which has made London the centre of film-making in the UK and the third busiest film production centre in the world.
From British director Roger Michell, Hyde Park on Hudson centres around the weekend in 1939 when King George VI and the Queen Mother visited the USA ahead of the Second World War.
Starring Murray as Franklin D. Roosevelt alongside Laura Linney and a cast of British acting talent including Olivia Colman, Samuel West and Olivia Williams, a number of British film-makers including director Stephen Frears and actor/director Ralph Fiennes joined Murray and Michell on the red carpet.
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: "I am thrilled to support the BFI London Film Festival through Film London, and with 75 per cent of the UK film industry based in and around London, we can proudly stake our claim to being one of the great moviemaking capitals of the world. London has the infrastructure, crews as well as gloriously memorable locations to service and inspire film-makers the world over."
The UK film industry contributes over £4.6 billion to UK GDP with spending in and around the capital valued at an estimated £3.45 billion.
On any given day there is an average of 35 film crews on London's streets and it is a sector that is growing. The film industry in and around London supports almost 90,000 jobs, which represents an increase of 15,000 on 2009 figures.
Producer and chair of Film London, David Parfitt said: "There are fantastic films and TV programmes being made in London, many of which are showcased at the LFF, and Film London will continue develop our long standing partnerships with the Mayor and the BFI to ensure that more films are made in London and that this success continues to translate into jobs and growth."
It has been another bumper year for film-making in the capital. As well as the latest Bond Skyfall, which uses London locations to full effect, Ridley Scott's The Counselor was shot during the London 2012 Games, with stars Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Cameron Diaz and Javier Bardem. Other films currently or recently shooting here include Doug Liman's All You Need is Kill with Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt and Kenneth Branagh's Jack Ryan with Chris Pine, Keira Knightly and Kevin Costner, Thor: The Dark World, Kick-Ass 2 and Fast and the Furious 6.
The London Filming Partnership set up by Film London brings together local authorities and city's major organisations who are committed to making London film friendly, whilst road closure legislation makes it easier for film-makers to shoot complex scenes on the capital's streets.
Film London is also working to help deliver 'Film Forever', the BFI's five year plan for UK film.
Amanda Nevill, Chief Executive of the BFI, added: "London is one of most creatively important cities in the world and one of the greatest centres for film and it is absolutely integral to our five year plan Film Forever. The BFI is delighted to be able to continue its strong strategic relationship with Film London."
Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive of Film London and the British Film Commission, said: "Through a continued partnership with the Mayor of London and the BFI we aim to ensure London continues to be attractive to film-makers from across the globe, that we can support the next generation of the gifted people working in and around the capital and grow the city rich film culture, especially outside of central London."