Scots film and TV spend hits record £95m

Chris Pine as Robert the Bruce in Outlaw King

Creative Scotland said on Tuesday that latest available figures show that spend on film and TV in Scotland in 2017 reached £95 million – the highest level since records began – and a £26 million increase on the previous year.

Over the past decade, the spend has increased more than 300%.

Film and TV productions shot in Scotland last year included Avengers: Infinity War, Outlaw King, Outlander, Patrick Melrose, Mary Queen Of Scots, The Cry, The Victim, Tell It To The Bees, Freedom Fields, Keepers, Aquarela, Wild Rose, Ordeal By Innocence, We Don’t Talk About Love, Anna And The Apocalypse, Beats, Only You, and The Party’s Just Beginning.

Creative Scotland chair Robert Wilson said: “I’m enormously proud to be announcing this significant moment in the development of Scotland’s screen sector.

“As a result of the determination and focus of all our partners, the hard work of our dedicated team, and the incredible support of the Scottish Government and the National Lottery, we are another step closer to delivering a strong and confident sector for the benefit of all.

“Building on the sector’s achievements to date, these latest announcements deliver further on the promise to increase funding, build stronger relationships at home, in the wider UK and internationally, increase capacity within Screen Scotland, working in close collaboration with the sector to ensure its success.

“I firmly believe that Screen Scotland’s identity offers a clear and distinct brand that will resonate with the sector and our national and international partners.

“With Isabel Davis joining us to lead Screen Scotland in a matter of weeks, David Mackenzie’s Outlaw King opening Toronto International Film Festival, the extraordinary feature documentary Aquarela receiving its World Premiere at the Venice Film Festival next month, as well as record levels of production spend in Scotland, these are truly exciting times for Scotland’s screen sector.”

Fiona Hyslop, the Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs said: “I’m delighted to welcome Screen Scotland, a vital component in our wider vision for Scotland’s screen sector.

“It aims to attract, retain and develop talent and businesses in Scotland. There is new and enhanced funding and support that puts Scotland on a par with other nations.

“The new Broadcast Content Fund will invest £3m in our TV sector to provide it with the targeted financial backing it needs to develop.

“Scotland has the talent and the opportunity to grow its TV sector and the job of Screen Scotland is to make sure we seize the moment.”