Big Movies Boost Glasgow Finances

13 February 2017, 14:12

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Film, broadcast and advertising productions in Glasgow generated more than £16 million for the city's economy last year, the local authority has said.

Glasgow City Council said its Glasgow Film Office (GFO) made a "substantial contribution'' to the local economy last year, generating significantly more than the £10.22 million in 2015.

Major productions which have used locations in the city in recent years include the films World War Z, T2 Trainspotting, and the forthcoming movies Churchill and The Wife.

Television productions Outlander, Rillington Place, Still Game, Scot Squad and the soon-to-be-broadcast Loch Ness and The Replacement have also used Glasgow settings.

The GFO is described as a one-stop shop for productions filming or wishing to film in Glasgow, which allows them to meet with appropriate agencies, location owners and council departments.

Glasgow City Council leader Frank McAveety said: "The council's Glasgow Film Office has continuously attracted productions of all sizes to the city, creating activity in the local economy and showcasing Glasgow nationally and internationally, and these latest figures underline this success.

"The film and broadcast industry has made a significant contribution to Glasgow's economy over the past 20 years, and I would like to pay tribute to the Glasgow Film Office team and all those across the city whom they work with to deliver this fantastic service.

"We can look forward to more productions coming to Glasgow, the centre of this sector in Scotland, in the coming years.''

The GFO also aims to ensure that filming activity has the minimum impact on residents and businesses and works closely with council departments, Police Scotland and productions.

It is supported by the Glasgow Film Partnership, members of which include Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, the University of Glasgow, Glasgow Airport and Network Rail.

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