Artists impression of the Thames Estuary Development
- Mayor Sadiq Khan sets London to be ‘the most film friendly city in the world’
- Regeneration Plan to build London’s Largest film studio in Dagenham
- Film contributed £1.2 million to London’s economy in 2016
- 1/6 jobs in London are in the Creative industries
- Scheme announced to help young talent reach full potential
Mayor Sadiq Khan has announced he wishes London to be the most film friendly city in the world. Following talks with top film directors at the famous Double Negative Visual Effects Studios in Fitrozia, the mayor said that although London continued to attract top film projects, it should not be complacent , particularly in times of institutional change and global competition.
The film industry contributed £1.2 million to London’s economy in 2016, and to grow on this, the major has pledged to invest in new, upcoming talent and creating the infrastructure to support them.
Following this is the regeneration plan for the Thames estuary , a bold vision to make the area in south east London a creative hub, part of which would be the building London’s largest film studio complex in Dagenham, Essex.
In support to find the industry’s newest stars, the mayor has set out plans to team Film London with Creative Skillset to deliver a new skills strategy that identifies skill shortages in the industry and then helps train young creative to develop routes into these careers.
The Major said he is committed to making London ‘the best, most inviting place for film production in the world’ and that “In order to achieve this, we need to ensure we continue to attract the brightest, most diverse creative talent to London and we need to invest in the kind of physical infrastructure that will ensure our city remains competitive on the global stage.”
To show his support of the film industry, the Mayor will be hosting the UK premier screening of Oscar nominated ‘The Salesman’ directed by award-winning Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, in Trafalgar Square on Sunday 26th.