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Booming U.K. Film, TV Industry Should Invest 1 Percent of Production Spend on Training to Address “Critical” Crew Shortage, Urges BFI

The U.K.’s unprecedented and record-breaking growth in film and high-end TV production is in danger of hitting a wall should the industry not address a looming — and, in large parts, already present — skills shortage. So warns the British Film Institute, which as part of a new Skills Review looking at scripted productions has […]

007 Producers Barbara Broccoli, Michael G. Wilson Being Honored With British Film Institute Fellowship

The producers of the U.K.’s most successful movie franchise are being awarded one of the British film industry’s highest honors. Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, longtime James Bond producers and custodians, are set to receive the BFI Fellowship, the top honor from the British Film Institute. The BFI said it was recognizing the pair’s […]

U.K. Moves Closer to Establishing Independent Body for Tackling Bullying and Harassment in Film, TV

The U.K. has moved one step closer to the establishment of an independent standards authority to help tackle bullying and harassment in the entertainment industries. UK Time’s Up, a charity set up in the aftermath of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, has revealed that it’s now in final consultation about the body, having taken part in […]

BFI’s Cannes Great8: Paul Mescal Drama, Cillian Murphy Animated Feature on 2022 Slate

The British Film Institute has named its 2022 crop of ‘Great8’ films, eight features from emerging U.K. filmmakers that it will showcase to international distributors and festival programmers in the run-up to the Marche du Film in Cannes. Of the features, Mark Jenkin’s Enys Men has been selected for the official Directors’ Fortnight competition, while […]

Edgar Wright, Scott Stuber Among Five Additions to British Film Institute Board of Governors

Edgar Wright and Scott Stuber are among five new additions to the British Film Institute’s board of governors. Unveiled Friday, the Last Night in Soho writer/director and Netflix’s head of global film are joined by Number 9 Films co-founder and Carol producer Elizabeth Karlsen, Electronic Arts executive vp and chief operating officer Laura Miele and […]

TV Boom Pushes 2021 U.K. Production Spending to Record Levels (and by Some Margin)

The U.K.’s ongoing production boom is showing no sign of slowing down, or even plateauing. According to new figures from the British Film Institute, film and high-end TV production topped 5.64 billion pounds ($7.67 billion) in 2021, a new record and way ahead of pre-pandemic production levels (which were already soaring). The period of April […]

Berlin: Matt Smith, Morfydd Clark to Lead Daniel Kokotajlo’s Supernatural Horror ‘Starve Acre’

Ahead of major roles in both upcoming Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon and the Sony/Marvel superhero film Morbius, Matt Smith (The Crown, Last Night in Soho) has been cast in supernatural horror Starve Acre. The BAFTA and Emmy nominee will star alongside Morfydd Clark, the fast-rising Welsh actress who broke as the […]

‘Brian and Charles’: How the Brit Comedy’s (Extremely) Low-Budget, 7-Foot, Cabbage-Eating Robot Was Brought to Life

The humble robot has served as a faithful companion in films since the early days of cinema. But very few are 7 feet tall, look like an emotionless old man who has swallowed a washing machine whole, talk like a toddler on a Speak & Spell and enjoy eating cabbages. Introducing Charles Petrescu, the star […]

U.K. Production Bounces Back to Record High, TV Spend Doubling Since 2019

The U.K.’s film and TV production boom, which began years before the pandemic but has shot out of the blocks since coming out of lockdown in mid 2020, has been quantified, with figures showing that television has been spearheading an extraordinary rate of growth. According to the British Film Institute, for the rolling year October […]

U.K. COVID Insurance Scheme Extended by 6 Months

The U.K.’s Film and TV Production Restart Scheme, the groundbreaking emergency £500 million ($647 million) insurance fund launched by the U.K. government last summer to help get the country’s indie sector moving out of the COVID-19 pandemic, has been extended by six months. The latest extension, which will see the program open for applications until […]

U.K. COVID Insurance Scheme Backs $2.6B Worth of Film, TV Productions

The British Film Institute has unveiled some impressive statistics from the Film and TV Production Restart Scheme, the groundbreaking emergency £500 million ($647 million) insurance fund launched by the U.K. government last summer to help get the country’s indie sector moving out of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the BFI, since the scheme opened in […]

Cannes: Charlie Chaplin Doc, Directorial Debut From ‘I May Destroy You’ Star Among BFI’s “Great8”

A romantic comedy from one of the co-stars of I May Destroy You and a documentary shedding new light on the life, times and genius of Charlie Chaplin are among this year’s “Great8” showcase, eight upcoming features from emerging U.K. filmmakers that the British Film Institute and British Council will be throwing their weight behind […]