Film Friendly Charter
Nottinghamshire County Council and Nottingham City Council have signed a charter to encourage film-makers to choose the area for location filming.
County Council Leader, Councillor Kay Cutts and City Council Leader, Councillor Jon Collins signed the authorities up to Creative England's Film Friendly Charter on Monday 25 June 2012.
Creative England is a new body replacing regional film agencies outside London to provide support to film, television, games and digital and creative services. Through its charter it is establishing Film Friendly Partnerships with relevant bodies in the English regions to set out agreements about how they will support the film industry.
Signing at Wollaton Hall
The charter signing took place at Wollaton Hall – which will feature as Wayne Manor in The Dark Knight Rises, expected to be one of the biggest summer blockbusters this year when it is released on 20 July 2012.
The City Council received a location fee payment from Warner Bros, as well as other benefits such as improvements at the Hall carried out at Warner Bros’ expense.
Activities are planned at Wollaton Hall, including special Batman-themed tours, outdoor screenings and a PR campaign supported by Visit Britain. It’s expected this will help to see visitor numbers at Wollaton Hall and Deer park grow from the current 1.5 million a year.
Boost to local economy
Locations associated with films often benefit from jobs and a boost for local businesses while filming is underway, and an increase in visitors and their extra spending once the film has been screened.
The release of Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood in 2010, while not filmed on location in Nottinghamshire, generated substantial activity, including local exhibitions and a gala screening. Nottingham Castle and Sherwood Forest, where the exhibitions were held, saw an increase in visitor figures and the total value of the Visit Britain and Universal Pictures partnership around the film was over £9.3 million.
Nottingham also has a thriving creative sector of its own and has been used as a location for BAFTA Award winning This Is England directed by Shane Meadows and The Unloved directed by home-grown talent Samantha Morton.
Councillor Cutts said: “Nottinghamshire and Nottingham can provide a hugely diverse backdrop for film makers. From both modern and historic buildings in our towns and cities to beautiful village settings, woodland and countryside - potential film sets can be found around every corner of our county. By promoting our area as a film friendly location, we can provide a huge boost to the local economy.
“Major film projects bring hundreds of people into the area during filming and the positive impact it can have for local businesses and tourism will last for many years to come.”
Councillor Collins said: “We’re proud of successes we’ve had recently with feature films and our growing local creative sector. We know what a shot in the arm for the local economy films and the wider creative industries can be, and signing this charter should help put Nottingham and Nottinghamshire on the map as one of the best places to film in the UK.
“The agreement ensures that local people, services and facilities will benefit, film-makers will have a good experience while they are here and it allows us to build on our reputation as a location and gain from the positive publicity that films can generate.”
Stephen Badham, Senior Production Liaison Manager at Creative England said: “TV film and production is an important industry, and contributes millions of pounds into local economies. That's why Creative England is developing Film Friendly Partnerships to provide a very strong statement of intent to production companies looking to film in the English regions, such as the wonderful Wollaton Hall doubling for Wayne Manor in the upcoming The Dark Knight Rises.
“This scheme shows film makers they will be dealt with in an efficient and friendly manner when working with Film Friendly Partnership local authorities such as Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, which can make the reason to film in that area so much stronger. By signing up to the Partnership, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire councils are showing the film and television production sector that they are committed to supporting the exciting and economically important work they do.”
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