4th February 2015
2014 was a record breaking year for the British Film Industry. It’s official.
The BFI have just published figures which show a total spend of £1.471 Billion on film production in the UK. That’s a whopping 35% increase on the 2013 figure - a record since these figures were first published in 2001.
We think there has been a general feel-good factor about the UK film industry for a while now, but it’s good to see the official figures prove it.
Tax reliefs for film, high-end television, animation and now also video games have helped to generate further production investment. In 2014, international inward investment in films coming to the UK included
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens,
Mission: Impossible 5,
And Alice In Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass.
Domestic UK films which went into production across the UK included Testament of Youth, 45 Years, Dad’s Army, Kill Your Friends and Shaun the Sheep.
Major high-end TV productions included Wolf Hall (don’t mention the candles again), Downton Abbey and 24: Live Another Day.
We have another reason to celebrate too: At the UK box office Paddington was the highest grossing independent UK film of 2014 taking £34.07 million, and is continuing to pull in audiences this year. Prokit’s long-term friend and former team member, Keir Garnet-Lawson, was a digital imaging technician (DIT) on the film. Congratulations Keir. Did you sign up for a share of the takings?