New Screen Unit planned for Scotland

Culture Secretary approves proposals

by Jennie Kermode

David Mackenzie's new film Outlaw King, shot in Scotland
David Mackenzie's new film Outlaw King, shot in Scotland

A new, dedicated Screen Unit is to be established within Creative Scotland, it was announced today. The unit will be responsible for managing public sector investment and support to capitalise on opportunities in the industry.

"I am encouraged by the progress and clear partnership approach behind the Screen Unit proposals, and I recognise the significant effort that has gone into their production by our agencies, including Creative Scotland," said Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop, reaffirming the Scottish government's commitment to the film and TV sector.

The news comes just as principal photography wraps on David Mackenzie's latest production, Outlaw King, which tells the story of Robert the Bruce and is one of the most expensive films ever made in Scotland.

Work to translate the plan into action is starting immediately and the Screen Unit is expected to be operational by the end of March.

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