reasons to choose UK TV & Film
1. History and influence
The UK has created some of the most influential and celebrated cinema and television in the world. Its long history in filmmaking and TV production is recognised globally, with much of the world’s best-loved and most critically-acclaimed screen content made in the UK. See a showreel here.
Today, the success story continues - from the historical dramas of The King's Speech, Mr Selfridge and Parade's End, to the imaginative fantasies of Harry Potter and Doctor Who, and contemporary successes such as the Bond movies, Slumdog Millionaire, Broadchurch, and Philomena.
The UK’s independent television production sector is stronger than ever, creating formats and content that are coveted by buyers the world over. The TV exports business is worth more than £1.28bn, with no country exporting more TV formats than the UK. (Source: 2014 UK Television Exports Survey, Pact)
In cinema, the diverse array of British-made films, as well as talent both in front of and behind the camera, are celebrated and in great demand, continually winning major awards. British production and post-production teams are highly valued by Hollywood, with many of the biggest box offices success of recent years filmed in the UK.
2. Creativity and innovation
UK filmmakers and TV producers are recognised around the world for their craft, originality and creativity. It is inconceivable that the likes of The Office, Wallace and Gromit, The Thick of It and The Queen could have been made in any other country.
The independent television sector is responsible for some of the most iconic and groundbreaking television formats seen around the world. From formats like The X-Factor and Who Wants to be a Millionaire? to scripted dramas like Sherlock and Downton Abbey, the UK’s original programming has become must-see viewing from China to the Czech Republic.
The UK’s visual effects industry often leads the way in innovation – the CGI which wowed audiences in Gravity, The Dark Knight Rises and the Harry Potter series was all created by UK-based VFX houses.
3. Unique locations and facilities
The UK offers both state of the art studio facilities suitable for the biggest movie productions and a variety of locations that encompass gritty urban scenes, unique historical sites and attention-grabbing natural backdrops.
The HBO series, Game of Thrones, has made Northern Ireland its production home, and big budget movies filmed in the UK include Gravity and the upcoming Star Wars movie.
The UK has a network of respected film and television educational establishments including the National Film and Television School. In 2013, NFTS students won the prize in all of CILECT's (the main international film and TV school association that includes 160 schools from 60 countries) three competition categories. NFTS was the first school in the 58 year history of CILECT to achieve the clean sweep of all 3 prize categories. (Source: The Observer).
The respected Hollywood Reporter publication named the NFTS the top international school of 2013, with the London Film School achieving sixth place.
Watch a showreel of recent high profile UK-made films below.
4. A competitive market
Tax reliefs for film, high-end television and animation have made production in the UK more attractive than ever. The reliefs are tempting UK productions back to Britain – and the tax credits are also proving attractive to Hollywood and major US television companies. The UK has a long history of negotiating successful co-productions with international partners, and attracting inward investment from the likes of Warner Bros, Disney and other major studios.
5. Constant growth
The film and television sector is a major contributor to the UK creative industries economy. The core UK film industry contributes over £4.6 billion to UK GDP and supports over 117,00 jobs, taking into account direct and indirect employment. (Source: Oxford Economics study for the BFI)
Annual revenues for independent television were at an all-time high of £3bn in 2014 (Source: Pact 2014 Census). In just 10 years, indie TV production has grown from a cottage industry to a world-beating multi-billion pound sector. Indie TV production companies have shown their innovative instincts, first utilising their intellectual property to dominate television programming in the UK – and now the world. They are expert in exploiting their intellectual property in new markets.