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Boris Johnson lauds film industry ahead of LFF Centrepiece Gala – movieScope

Directed by Roger Michell and starring Bill Murray and Laura Linney alongside British actresses Olivia Colman and Olivia Williams, Hyde Park on Hudson dramatises the weekend President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Murray) and his wife Eleanor (Williams) hosted the King and Queen of England in June 1939.

It is one of a number of high-profile films to be shot in London and locations around the UK over the last year.

Other notable examples include Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie, which was shot at 3 Mills Studios in East London before officially opening the London Film Festival, as well as Mike Newell’s Great Expectations, Dustin Hoffman’s Quartet, Sally Potter’s Ginger and Rosa, all of which have garnered critical acclaim after screening at the festival.

Mr Johnson has brought attention to the fact the British film industry contributes over £4.6 billion to the country’s gross domestic product – with spending in and around the capital valued at an estimated £3.45 billion.

In real terms, the film industry in and around London supports almost 90,000 jobs, up 15,000 on 2009 figures, while on any given day there is an average of 35 film crews on London’s streets.

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: “I am thrilled to support the London Film Festival, and with 75 per cent of the UK film industry based in and around London, we can proudly stake our claim to being one of the great moviemaking capitals of the world. London has the infrastructure, crews as well as gloriously memorable locations to service and inspire filmmakers the world over. I will continue to work closely with Film London and the BFI to ensure our city maintains its reputation for movie magic and to support a sector that is hugely important to our international image and our economy.”

Director of the BFI Amanda Nevill said: “London is one of most creatively important cities in the world and one of the greatest centres for film and it is absolutely integral to our five year plan Film Forever.”




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