Scotland film fund gets government boost
Scotland’s Production Growth Fund has been given a £250,000 boost by the government after reportedly delivering £10 for every pound spent in support.
Launched in the autumn of 2015, the fund has supported features including Danny Boyle’s T2 Trainspotting (pictured) and Jonathan Teplitzky’s Churchill, as well as TV dramas In Plain Sight and The Loch.
The initial government investment of just £1.75m is estimated to have delivered a broader economic spend of nearly £18m.
"The Production Growth Fund has proved to be a significant factor in the increase in Film and TV production in Scotland in recent years,” said Natalie Usher, director of screen at Creative Scotland.
“Alongside continued support through the National Lottery and the amazing work of our screen commission and locations network, the announcement today of an additional £250,000 shows strong commitment from the Scottish government and is another welcome boost to the screen sector.”
The extra money is in fact the second boost allocated to the Production Growth Fund since its launch, following a £1.25m cash injection in December last year.
Scotland recently hosted filming for Marvel’s superhero movie Avengers: Infinity War, which spent around £10m on location in and around Edinburgh. Co-director Joe Russo commented that the production may have stayed longer if suitable studio facilities had been available.
In April this year developers of the privately-funded Pentland Studios finally secured planning permission in principle to build on a site near Edinburgh. Final plans for a publicly-funded purpose-built studio have yet to be announced by the Scottish government.
Image: Jaap Buitendijk/CTMG
Also on The Knowledge
Mark Wahlberg is lined up to star in Infinite, which is currently setting up a UK shoot.
Director Steven Soderbergh’s latest film, which has the working title Let Them All Talk, is currently shooting scenes on board Cunard’s ocean liner Queen Mary 2 heading for Southampton.
A five-month shoot has just started on the third series of Killing Eve.
BBC America’s major new adaptation of Terry Pratchett’s City Watch subset of Discworld books is set to film in Cape Town later this year.
Armando Iannucci’s The Personal History of David Copperfield will open the 63rd London Film Festival on 2 October.
Cruella, Disney’s latest live-action film inspired by one of their cartoon characters, is readying for production in the UK.