Last year showed a further positive step forward in the creative industries, according to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.
Here at CMS we are starting 2015 as we mean to go on with a flurry of activity in film training courses across the UK, projects and plans in the pipeline, and it seems we’re not the only ones in the creative industries that are looking at the stars.
The Government has announced that statistics for 2014 revealed that British film, along with other areas such as music and video games, has continued to grow. Between January and October the top five British films alone brought a whopping £72.93m to the UK box office collectively. Added to record audience figures for the BFI London Film Festival (163,000), which was a 7.5% rise on the previous year and the highest to date, means very good news for our industry indeed.
Ed Vaizey, Minister for the Creative Industries, said: “It’s great to see continued growth across all our creative industries with more investment going into training and production. Together the sector contributes £70bn to the UK and so a vital part of our economy. I look forward to 2015 with the expectation of even greater things to come.”
The months ahead are set to look even more promising too, with the opening of a UK branch of Lucasfilm’s Industrial Light and Magic – signalling a strong appetite for British talent and technique – as well as Pinewood Studios’ expansion and the onset of the next Bond and Star Wars movies.
The Government also said in its statement that it remains committed to the growth of the sector through measures such as tax relief, inward investments and access to training.
What does this mean for us?
It means that our dedication to helping create an even stronger UK film crew task force is founded, and that our ambitions to ensure all employed talent in UK film maintains homegrown through specific and elite training programmes are as important as ever. We’ll continue our work head-on and with passion, and we know you will too.
Here’s to an even better 2015!
The top five films of 2014 and what they brought to the UK box office:
- The Inbetweeners 2 – £33.39m
- 12 Years a Slave – £20.03m
- Non-Stop – £9.48m
- The Railway Man – £5.33m
- Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom – £4.43m