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British television & film industry on the rise

GROWTH: Aml Ameen and Idris Elba on the set of Yardie (Photo credit: STUDIOCANAL)

OFFICIAL FIGURES published today (Jan 31) by the BFI’s Research and Statistics Unit reveal a record breaking performance from the UK film industry in 2017, reinforcing its global reputation as a world leading centre for film and TV production alongside the continued growth of UK cinema audiences.

The spend on film production in the UK in 2017 reached the highest level on record with £1.9 billion, a 12% increase on the previous year. Major films including Tim Burton’s Dumbo, Ron Howard’s Solo: A Star Wars Story, Idris Elba’s Yardie, Guy Ritchie’s Aladdin, David Yates’ Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2, Chiwetel Ejiofor’s The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind and more, underlined the continued world-class excellence of UK talent, crews, VFX and production services, locations and the supportive fiscal environment created by the UK’s creative sector tax reliefs.

Margot James, Minister for Digital and the Creative Industries said: “From Star Wars to The Crown, the UK is a creative powerhouse for developing many award-winning films and shows enjoyed by millions globally. We have world-class studios, a talented workforce and highly competitive tax reliefs, and these fantastic stats show investment in our screen industries is booming.”

SUCCESS: Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Photo credit: Disney and Lucasfilm)

Amanda Nevill CBE, CEO of the BFI, said: "Once again, UK film and high-end TV surpass expectations and records are broken, with a staggering almost £3 billion spent on film and high-end TV production. We have a consistently growing industry, and doing so at speed – up 11% from last year and outstripping most other sectors.

Productions such as Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Paddington 2 and Game of Thrones deliver new employment opportunities for everyone UK-wide, with every conceivable skill required, from special effects designers to costumiers, accountants and drivers. What's more it creates the most potent export to showcase the UK and our innate creativity and is a powerful and timely reminder of the UK as a major global player."

There were 130 domestic UK films made in the UK in 2017, with a total spend of £189.6 million.

In addition, there were 13 UK co-productions going into production in 2017, between them spending £29.4 million in the UK, down from £45.4 million in 2016.

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