Production spend still rising in Scotland

Figure is highest since records began

by Jennie Kermode


Spending on film and television productions in Scotland rose by almost a third last year, according to Creative Scotland. The total spend of £69.4m is the largest since records began in 2007, when the industry was only worth £23m to the economy.

Describing the rise as "extremely encouraging," Creative Scotland's Screen Director, Natalie Usher, said "The continued growth in production spend is testament to our world class talent, crews, facilities and award-winning locations. It also demonstrates the impact of continued support from Scottish Government and the National Lottery through Creative Scotland’s funding alongside the UK’s Film and TV tax reliefs."

Films made during the period include T2 Trainspotting and Edinburgh International Film Festival pick Edie. This year is also looking promising. Today shooting began on Outlaw King, which stars Chris Pine.

"Production companies are attracted here because of our stunning locations and talented people. The additional investment announced this week will help consolidate this growth," said Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop, referring to the £10m of funding pledged in the programme for government announced earlier this week. "These figures show Scotland’s film and TV industry is stronger than ever."

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