Film projects bring city £20m boost

Film and broadcasting projects ploughed almost £20 million into Glasgow's economy last year, new figures show.

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Glasgow Film Festival closed with a screening of Under The Skin, a sci-fi thriller shot in Scotland and starring Johansson.
Glasgow Film Festival closed with a screening of Under The Skin, a sci-fi thriller shot in Scotland and starring Johansson.

The city council's Glasgow Film Office (GFO) said it received 343 location inquiries in 2013, resulting in 231 productions being shot in Scotland's biggest city.

Officials said around two-fifths of those shot were TV projects, with returning series such as Waterloo Road and MI High making "significant contributions" to the city's economy.

The most prominent feature film shot in Glasgow last year was What We Did On Our Holiday, starring David Tennant, Billy Connolly and Rosamund Pike, officials said.

Overall, features made up 7% of the total projects undertaken, while commercials accounted for 12% and short films 5% of the work. Miscellaneous projects, such as corporate filming and photography shoots completed the picture.

Total figures show that film, broadcast and other productions brought £19.7 million to the city's economy last year.

This was similar to the £20.15 million total for 2011 when Hollywood A-listers Brad Pitt, Halle Berry and Scarlett Johansson filmed major productions in the city.

The GFO aims to attract productions to the city and works to make sure filming goes smoothly, minimising the impact on everyday life in Glasgow.

Since it came into being, it has supported various British films and large-scale international productions. Officials said many of the latter have come over the last two-and-a-half years, including World War Z, Cloud Atlas, Filth and Fast & Furious 6.

Bailie Liz Cameron, the council's executive member for jobs and the economy, said: "2013 was yet another successful year for the film and broadcast industry in Glasgow. The economic importance of the sector has been clear for some time, with almost £250 million having come to the city over the past 15 years. These figures once again illustrate the value of the work of our Glasgow Film Office."

Glasgow is at the heart of the film and television production industry in Scotland, typically attracting around half of what the industry spends in the country.

The latest figures were revealed the day after the 10th Glasgow Film Festival closed with a screening of Under The Skin, a sci-fi thriller shot in Scotland and starring Johansson.

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