The film production sector in the UK continues to flourish according to independent figures published by the BFI earlier this year.
In 2017 film production in the UK generated a total spend of £1.911 billion, a 12% increase on the previous year’s £1.709 billion and the highest figure since these statistics were first recorded.
2017 also saw the highest level of spend by international filmmakers ever recorded, reaching £1.692 billion. This is largely attributed to the confidence international filmmakers have in the UK’s creativity, the expertise of our crews, and world-class production facilities combined with the UK film tax relief as well as the wide range of professional services available including the support provided by the British Film Commission. Major international films such as Avengers: Infinity War, Solo: A Star Wars Story (pictured above), Mary Poppins Returns and Beauty and the Beast are generating growth in the UK film industry by bringing investment, creating jobs, and helping film professionals develop new skills which benefit independent productions.
Film production on home-grown films has continued to be consistent with 72 films going into production (budgeted at £500,000 and above) including Mary Queen of Scots directed by Josie Rourke; Yardie directed by Idris Elba (pictured left); Peterloo directed by Mike Leigh; Close directed by Vicky Jewson; and The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind directed by Chiwetel Ejiofor.