Brit film locales do brisk tourist biz


LONDON -- Lights, camera, action, set visit! That could be the new shout to herald the start of a U.K.-set picture, according to a new report published over the end-of-summer bank holiday weekend here.

The report, commissioned by the U.K. Film Council and other movie and television regional funding bodies, says that tourists love to visit the places where movies are filmed.

Top of the list are visitor attractions used as backdrops in the "Harry Potter" pictures, "The Da Vinci Code" and "Pride & Prejudice."

Alnwick Castle in England, which doubled for Potter's Hogwarts school, has seen visitor numbers rise 120% since the release of the films.

And Burghley House and Basildon House, used for Joe Wright's "Pride & Prejudice, and portrayed as "extras" on the DVD add-ons, have both enjoyed spinning turnstiles after the movie's release.

The report, "Stately Attraction -- How Film and TV Programs Promote Tourism in the U.K.," was commissioned by the Film Council and tourist boards.

"There are countless examples of visitors flocking to locations they've seen in films or on TV, and the effect can last for years," U.K. Film Council CEO John Woodward said. " 'Miss Potter,' filmed in the Lake District, is already giving Cumbria's tourism a boost and there's more to come with 'Brideshead Revisited' filming at Castle Howard in Yorkshire."