Creative England’s Production Services department hosted a visit to Manchester for key film and television industry professionals based outside the region who have not shot in the city before, or haven’t done so for a number of years.
The Manchester familiarity tour, supported by MIDAS, Marketing Manchester and VisitEngland forms part of a series of tours around the country being delivered by Creative England in 2014 to shine a light on England as a premiere filming destination.
The tour showcased Greater Manchester’s huge potential as a leading film and television location and production base.
Kaye Elliott, Creative England’s Head of Production Services, said: “Manchester boasts fantastic locations, excellent facilities and superb crew and has huge amounts to offer filmmakers as a leading film and television location and production base.
“But there are fantastic benefits for the city itself too. Creative England estimates that filming can bring up to £32,000 a day into the local economy creating jobs for locally-based crew and business for local industries such as vehicle and equipment hire companies, hotels and restaurants.
“The long-term benefits of filming can also impact positively on visitor attractions and regional tourism.”
Tim Newns, Chief Executive of MIDAS, said: MIDAS works closely with Creative England to attract production investment from all over the world. Greater Manchester offers a wide variety of location shoots and has recently invested significant sums of money to increase capacity and facilities across the city region, in response to this growing international demand. The impact on Greater Manchester’s economy is very often substantial, particularly as more and more longer-term production and post production activity is now being delivered through internationally successful local businesses, facilities and crew.”
Production companies on the trip were Red Planet Pictures (By Any Means, Hustle, Holby Blue), World Productions (The Fear, Line of Duty, The Bletchley Circle), Left Bank Pictures (Mad Dogs, DCI Banks, Wallander), Tiger Aspect (Peaky Blinders, Prisoners Wives, Robin Hood) and Vertigo Films (The Sweeney, The Business, The Firm).
In addition to the production companies, Creative England invited three freelance film and TV location managers, who have between them worked on some very high profile productions, including The Man from UNCLE, Sherlock, Parade’s End, Great Expectations, Far from the Madding Crowd and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.
The two-day tour included both location and studio recces and provided a great opportunity to show the rich and diverse selection of filming locations in Manchester, such as the Northern Quarter, Manchester Town Hall, Castlefield and Victoria Baths, all of which have been used on many award winning BBC and ITV TV dramas and also by Hollywood feature films such as Captain America: The First Avenger, The Iron Lady and Sherlock Holmes.
As well as the fantastic filming locations we were able to showcase the superb studio facilities and build spaces Greater Manchester has to offer, which included:
- The Sharp Project
- The Studio (previously the home to Shameless)
- The Pie Factory
- and the brand new facilities at Dock10 at MediaCityUK