Spotlight on London as stats reveal £1.5bn spend on film and television production in the UK
Date posted: 03.02.2015
- Avengers, Bond, Kingsman, Mission Impossible 5 and Jupiter Ascending all choose London locations, facilities and crews
- London goes Arctic noir for Sky Atlantic's Fortitude
- Record breaking figures show production industries are thriving in the capital - creating jobs and boosting the economy
With approximately 75% of the UK's film industry based in and around London, roughly £1bn of the UK's £1.4bn feature film spend was invested 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. With spend across the UK reaching £615m in 2014, a significant percentage of which was spent in the capital.
David Parfitt, Chairman of Film London, said: "Today's record breaking figures show our production industries are thriving and London is at the very heart of that success. The fact the capital attracts and successfully facilitates high-profile projects such as Avengers: Age of Ultron, Mission Impossible 5, Fortitude and 24: Live Another Day, is testament to the city's versatility, and of course our talent, skills and expertise. 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.
Contributing to these figure are titles such as Paddington, TV 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 showcase the city's extensive range of recognisable locations. However, Londoners may be surprised to learn that their city serves as a stand-in for the Arctic Circle in major new crime series Fortitude currently airing on Sky, which features Christopher Eccleston, Michael Gambon and Sofie Gråbøl, star of The Killing. Other high-profile television shows which filmed in London in 2014 include Downton Abbey and The Royals.
London can also now be seen in cinemas, taking centre stage in Kingsman: The Secret Service (Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson) and Jupiter Ascending (Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis).
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 (Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson), Mission Impossible 5 (Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg) and Spectre (Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Ralph Fiennes), the latest James Bond film, all draw on London's world-class locations, facilities and expertise. Elsewhere, studios just outside the capital have hosted the next, hotly-anticipated instalment of the Star Wars saga, along with Pan (Hugh Jackman, Amanda Seyfried), Tarzan (Alexander Skarsgård, Samuel L. Jackson) and Cinderella (Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden).
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Download the BFI Research and Statistics Unit releases covering film production in the UK in 2014, the UK box office in 2014 and British film certification in 2014, here: http://www.bfi.org.uk/education-research/film-industry-statistics-research/official-statistics-release-calendar
About Film London
Film London is the capital's screen industries agency. We connect ideas, talent and finance to develop a pioneering creative culture in the city that delivers success in film, television, animation, games and beyond. We work to sustain, promote and develop London as a global content production hub, support the development of the city's new and emerging filmmaking talent and invest in a diverse and rich film culture. Funded by the Mayor of London and the National Lottery through the BFI, we also receive support from Arts Council England and Creative Skillset.
Film London's activities include:
- Maintaining, strengthening and promoting London's position as world-class city to attract investment through film, television, animation and games
- Investing in local talent through a range of specialised production and training schemes
- Boosting employment and competitiveness in the capital's screen industries by delivering internationally facing business development events
- Maximising access to the capital's film culture by helping audiences discover film in all its diversity
- Promoting London through screen tourism
Film London also manages the British Film Commission (www.britishfilmcommission.org.uk) through a public/private partnership which is funded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport through the BFI.
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.