Inward investment films deliver £1.6bn

Star Wars IXInward investment films – funded from international sources – delivered £1.6bn for the UK in 2018, new BFI figures have revealed.

A total of 51 inward investment movies started principal photography in the UK over the course of the year.

The £1.6bn production spend accounted for the vast majority (84%) of overall industry revenue. 

High-profile features included Star Wars: Episode IX and a film adaptation of Artemis Fowl. In total, 23 of the inward investment features were backed by a major US studio.  

Domestic UK feature productions with budgets of more than £500,000 surged by nearly a quarter on 2017 figures, spending a collective £284m and accounting for 132 of the 202 features that went into production in 2018.

High-end TV productions numbered 119 for the year and 64 of these were inward investment shoots or international co-productions.

Larger TV productions included Series 2 of Killing Eve, a TV adaptation of Four Weddings and a Funeral from Mindy Kaling and Series 3 of The Crown.

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