'All eyes on Scotland'

Hyslop to build on record film and TV spend

Outlander was among those filmed in Scotland

Film and TV producers spent a record £52.7 million shooting in Scotland in 2015 as Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop promised to offer more support to the sector.

The latest investment is almost £7 million higher than 2014 with Creative Scotland taking a key role in encouraging Scottish producers to anchor their productions in Scotland.

These have included Trainspotting T2, Outlander, Churchill, Calibre, Hush, Etruscan Smile, In Plain Sight (formerly Muncie), Loch Ness, Tommy’s Honour, Sunset Song, and Macbeth.

Ms Hyslop met the crew of The Wife based on the novel by Meg Wolitzer and directed by Golden Bear winner Bjorn Runge, from a screenplay by Jane Anderson. Filming has been taking place at the National Museum of Flight in East Lothian.

She said: “This record spend shows that all eyes are on Scotland as the ideal place to base production.

“2015 has been a record year and I am determined to keep working with our agencies to support and grow Scotland’s screen sector.”

Natalie Usher, director of Screen at Creative Scotland said: “We’re delighted to see that the production spend figures published today show a significant increase on previous years.

“This proves that Scotland’s talent, crews, facilities and award winning locations continue to be of huge attraction to major international productions.

“In the last year we have seen Sony Starz maintain their commitment to a large scale production base at Cumbernauld, we welcomed Jason Connery’s feature film Tommy’s Honour, and it was great to see our wonderful capital city double for Victorian London in the landmark BBC series, The Secret Agent.

“Together with the UK’s beneficial film and tv tax reliefs and the additional incentives provided by Scotland’s Production Growth Fund, we fully expect the 2016 figures to show a further and significant increase.”

Scottish Production Spend figures by year since 2007 (£m):

  • 2007 – 23
  • 2008 – 28
  • 2009 – 24
  • 2010 – 21.5
  • 2011 – 29.3
  • 2012 – 27
  • 2013 – 33.6
  • 2014 – 45.8
  • 2015 – 52.7

2 Comments to Hyslop to build on record film and TV spend

  1. How come we don’t have a studio in scotland so we can be more than just a location? Why isn’t that happening? The old isola factory in Cumbernauld just doesn’t cut it in this day and age.

  2. Complete and utter political spin! Scotland in comparison to rest of the UK is doing dreadful within the industry. Creative Scotland and Scottish Enterprise are an embarrassment to this nations potential!

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