filming on the streets of London has increased by 10 per cent in
the last year - cementing the capital's position as the third busiest
film production centre in the world.
boom in London's film and media production means that on average
almost 30 crews are shooting in the capital every day of the year,
according to figures released by strategic agency Film London.
witnessed a 16 per cent increase in location activity in 2004 and
remains London's most filmed borough, closely followed by the Corporation
of London and Lambeth.
Hackney and Hammersmith & Fulham have seen a 36 per cent growth
in activity, while Greenwich managed a staggering 57 per cent increase
in shooting days in the same year.
2. The Corporation of London (981)
3. Lambeth (851)
4. Tower Hamlets (666)
5. Camden (612)
based on number of shooting days in 2004)
record increase is being put down in part to a more flexible framework,
set up by Film London in 2003, that enables producers to talk more
freely with the capital's boroughs in order to speed through their
has become "a world film city", says Adrian Wootton, chief
executive of Film London, which is in marked contrast to its old
image of being a 'difficult' place to film in.
the production team behind new release Closer opted to come
to the UK, liaison began immediately to facilitate co-operation
between the filmmakers and the agencies behind the London locations
they wished to shoot as a backdrop to the story.
the film, which features Hollywood A-listers Julia Roberts and Jude
Law, the South Bank and its iconic landmarks of St Paul's Cathedral
and 30 St Mary Axe (the Gherkin) are on view, as is Whiteleys Shopping
Centre, Islington-based printers E M Miller & Son, and Postman's
Park in King Edward Street EC1.
is such a fascinating, multifaceted city that there's always something
new to explore in a filmic sense", says Closer's producer
London continues to be a sought-after location: Film London's figures
for 2004 put the total number of shooting days on the capital's
streets at 10,683, nearly 1,000 higher than in the previous year.
statistics are based on film and parking facilitation on London's
streets and council-owned and private properties.
exclude filming in the Royal Parks, the Underground, Network Rail,
the Royal Palaces and Ministry of Defence properties.
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