London continues to be top spot for film and television production
Date posted: 03.02.2015
It's a record-breaking year! The BFI has released statistics detailing the total amount of film and television production in the UK for the past year and once again, we have seen the country welcome a huge number of productions, which have in turn infused our economy with the considerable investment of £1.5bn.
"Today's record breaking figures show our production industries are thriving and London is at the very heart of that success," says David Parfitt, Chairman of Film London. "The city's status as a global production hub sees it acting as gateway to the rest of the UK, delivering for the economy and creating thousands of jobs."
£1.5bn spent in 2014
The BFI has shown a massive £1.4bn was spent on film production across the UK. With approximately 75% of the UK's film production industry based in and around London, roughly £1bn of that feature film spend was invested in the capital, thanks to its world-class crew and state-of-the-art facilities.
The High-end Television Tax relief - in place since 2013 - is also attracting a number of big budget productions to London. Television production spend across the UK reached £615m in 2014, a significant percentage of which was spent in the capital.
Generating great films and television, along with investment
Contributing to these figures are titles such as Paddington, television hit 24: Live Another Day, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, as well as Oscar-nominated The Theory Of Everything and The Imitation Game, which showcases the city's extensive range of recognisable locations.
However, Londoners may be surprised to learn that their city also serves as a stand-in for the Arctic Circle in major new crime series Fortitude, currently airing on Sky Atlantic. Other high-profile television shows which filmed in London in 2014 include Downton Abbey and The Royals.
London can also be seen in cinemas, taking centre stage in spy comedy Kingsman: The Secret Service and epic space opera Jupiter Ascending, which uses the Natural History Museum to great effect.
Further on the horizon but already causing a stir among film fans are a series of blockbusters where London and its environs play a fundamental role. Avengers: Age Of Ultron, Mission Impossible 5 and the latest James Bond film Spectre, all draw on London's world-class locations, facilities and expertise.
Elsewhere, studios just outside the capital have hosted the next, hotly-anticipated installment of the Star Wars saga, along with some big budget childhood story adaptations including Pan, Tarzan and Cinderella.