Bristol filming generates £17m

252 productions were granted filming permits in the financial year April 2019-March 2020, including Lena Dunham's HBO banking drama, Industry

By Nia Daniels 14 Oct 2020

Bristol filming generates £17m
The Pale Horse via Mammoth Screen, Agatha Christie Ltd, BBC

Bristol Film Office has released annual figures confirming that £17m of inward investment was generated by nearly 1,000 days of film and TV production in the city in the financial year April 2019 - March 2020. 

The total of 957 filming days at Bristol locations and/or at The Bottle Yard Studios brought in £17,057,000 to the city’s economy, up £1million on the 2018-19 total of £16mllion. Around 700 jobs were generated by productions and businesses operating at The Bottle Yard Studios.   

252 productions were issued with permits including high-end TV dramas Industry, The Spanish Princess 2, His Dark Materials S2, The One, The Pale Horse and The Salisbury Poisonings. 

Councillor Craig Cheney, deputy mayor and cabinet member for finance, governance and performance, said: “Bristol’s strength as a city with a thriving creative sector and collaborative spirit is well known and our culture of talent and innovation continues to continually attract new investment and projects as well as helping to secure jobs.
“This year is likely to prove more challenging as film and television partners deal with the implications of Covid-19, the lockdown and further restrictions. The arts and culture sector and those who work within it have been hit hard and we support those calls for more central government support to be made available for this area. 
“However, we remain confident that the expertise and commitment shown by our Film Office and Studio teams will ensure that Bristol remains a magnet for important productions as the industry as a whole sets out on the road to recovery.’’
Senior Bristol film manager Laura Aviles added: “These figures show what excellent shape Bristol’s film & TV production was in last year, with £17million generated by productions using our studios, locations and freelance crew. It’s inevitable that the 2020-21 figures will read rather differently; the pause in filming caused by lockdown in March will have had an impact on this sector like every other. 

“I’m pleased to say though that our recovery has been relatively fast, in fact Bristol has been the location of choice for some of the first high end TV productions to resume filming in the UK, such as Pursuit of Love and season two of War of the Worlds, which were up and running again by late July/early August. That’s very much down to the speed at which local crew and companies have adapted to new safety measures and the resourcefulness of the Studios and Film Office teams. With new filming enquiries coming in every day, we’re confident that Bristol will be very busy for the rest of this year and into 2021.”

The Pale Horse image: Mammoth Screen, Agatha Christie Ltd, BBC 
The Spanish Princess image: Starz 

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