Record £52.7m spent on film and TV production

Natalie Usher, Director of Screen at Creative Scotland

Film and TV producers spent a record £52.7 million shooting in Scotland in 2015, Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop revealed.

The Scottish Government said it has worked through Creative Scotland to support large scale international productions and Scottish producers to anchor their productions in Scotland in recent years.

Productions shot in Scotland in recent years have included Trainspotting T2, Outlander, Churchill, Calibre, Hush, Etruscan Smile, In Plain Sight (formerly Muncie), Loch Ness, Tommy’s Honour, Sunset Song, Macbeth and current productions include The Wife.

Hyslop announced the record production spend figure after meeting crew of The Wife while filming on location at the National Museum of Flight.

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.”

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

“Our uniquely beautiful rural areas to bustling urban cityscapes provide excellent backdrops and our highly skilled crews are in hot demand …

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

Piers Tempest, producer of The Wife and Churchill, said: “With the support of Creative Scotland and the Production Growth Fund, we had an extremely positive experience filming Churchill in Scotland earlier this year, and it really felt like the natural place to bring our next film The Wife, which is currently in production Glasgow.”