BFI 2011 Yearbook Shows Strong UK Film

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The BFI 2011 Statistical Yearbook is out now, and it shows the UK film industry is in pretty good shape considering the fragile economy.

Its figures – which provide a detailed analysis of 2010 - show the UK to be the third-largest filmed entertainment market in the world; with UK cinemas achieving record box office receipts in 2010 (£988 million). Encouragingly, UK films attracted a 24% share of the box office, up from 17% in 2009. This is without The King's Speech, which will appear in next year's statistics.

The value of UK production (including inward investment feature films, domestic feature films and co-production) increased by 7% in 2010 compared with 2009, making 2010 the highest production year on record. This was boosted by inward investment which, at £935 million, accounted for 80% of the overall UK spend.

Video/DVD was down 11% on 2009 – but sell-through DVD and Blu-ray remains the largest single revenue source for UK film (£1.3 bn).