We’ve put together some key facts to help give you a picture of the UK Film industry landscape. The figures are provided by the BFI’s Research and Statistic Unit who produce a range of official statistics on the UK film industry throughout the year.
Independent figures published by the BFI earlier this year show that the UK film production sector is thriving. Last year saw a massive surge with film production in the UK generating a total spend of £1.475 billion, a 35% increase on last year’s £1.093 billion and the highest figure since these statistics were first recorded 20 years ago.
The confidence that international filmmakers have in the creativity and expertise of the UK’s crews and world-class production facilities, combined with the UK film tax relief as well as the service provided by the British Film Commission, have played their part in generating a spend in the UK of £1.233 billion last year, the highest level ever recorded. Major international films such as Avengers: Age of Ultron, Pan, Spectre and Star Wars: The Force Awakens are generating growth in the UK film industry by bringing investment, creating jobs, and helping film professionals develop new skills which can then benefit independent productions.
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Film production on home-grown films has continued to be consistent with 74 films budgeted at £500,000 and above going into production including Suffragette (director Sarah Gavron); High Rise (director Ben Wheatley); Shaun The Sheep (directors Mark Burton, Richard Starzack); Testament of Youth (director James Kent); London Road (director Rufus Norris); Kill Your Friends (director Owen Harris); Hockney: A Life in Pictures (director Randall Wright); Kajaki (director Paul Katis); Miss You Already (director Catherine Hardwicke); Bolshoi Babylon (director Nick Read); and 45 Years (director Andrew Haigh.
Admissions and box office
The UK box office exceeded £1 billion for the fourth successive year, though total takings were down 2% on the previous year. Admissions continue to reflect the plateau trend which has typified the UK cinema business over the past decade, with 157.5 million tickets sold, a 5% dip on 2013.
UK box office overview
|Cinema admissions||157.5 million|
|Box office revenue||£1.1 billion|
Number of releases in the UK
UK market share of UK films
International share of UK films
|Top film at the UK box office||The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies - £41.2 million|
|Top UK film in the UK||Paddington - £36.9 million|
|Top independent UK film in the UK||Paddington - £36.9 million|
Value to the economy
The UK film industry continues to generate significant value for the UK economy, generating a turnover of £9.1bn in 2014. Its direct contribution to UK Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was £1.4 billion, and it exported almost £1.4 billion worth of services.
The global theatrical market, which hit a new record in 2014, was worth just over $36 billion with UK films earning $4.7 billion, or a 12.9% share.
Talent and awards
UK films and British talent have continued to enthral the industry internationally winning 29 awards during the 2014/15 awards season, amounting to 19% of eligible awards, an increase on the previous period. Successes include a Best Actor award at Cannes 2014 for Timothy Spall in Mr. Turner and The Grolsch People’s Choice Award for The Imitation Game at the Toronto International Film Festival. At the BAFTAs, Stephen Beresford and David Livingstone won Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer for Pride. See here for a list of BAFTA winners in full.
UK films have a major presence throughout the international festival calendar with Cannes last year launching Pride, Mr. Turner, Jimmy’s Hall, Catch Me Daddy, Queen and Country, Blood Cells, Bypass, The Goob in Venice, The Theory of Everything, The Imitation Game, Mr. Turner, X+Y, The Riot Club, A Little Chaos in Toronto, and 45 Years in Berlin.
Statistical Yearbook 2015
Compiled by the BFI's Research and Statistics Unit, this yearbook presents the most comprehensive picture of film in the UK and the performance of British films abroad during 2014.
You can download the full publication here