£4.6m boost to local economy

Jon Savage Photography'07762 580971''www.jonsavagephotography.com'ROSIE ELLISON, FILM EDINBURGH
Jon Savage Photography'07762 580971''www.jonsavagephotography.com'ROSIE ELLISON, FILM EDINBURGH

Film Edinburgh, the local Film Commission for Edinburgh, East Lothian and the Scottish Borders, has reported a solid rise in the number of film enquires and productions filming during 2014.

As a result, the economic impact for the region has increased to £4.6million, a 53% rise on 2013 figures.

Last year, Film Edinburgh dealt with a total of 542 film and TV enquiries, resulting in 361 productions filming in the Edinburgh city region. With 70 more filming days taking place compared to the previous year, it also marks a six per cent rise in the number of completed projects in the Edinburgh region.

High-value production highlights in 2014 included the BBC drama Murder by Birger Larsen which filmed in Edinburgh and Scottish Borders for four months, CBBC/HBO’s Eve and Plum Films’ Teacup Travels for CBeebies.

International hit, Outlander also undertook 19 days of filming in the Edinburgh region in 2014, while factual programmes included Landward, Come Dine with Me, Great Scots and Shopgirls.

Not included within the overall Film Edinburgh annual statistic analysis, the Scottish Independence Referendum in September also proved a successful, additional opportunity to showcase Edinburgh on the international stage.

Rosie Ellison, film manager for Film Edinburgh said: “On average, we had around three productions filming every day in the Edinburgh region last year.

“This equates to over 70 additional filming days compared to 2013.

“A planning consultation is currently underway for a potential £140m film studio complex just outside Edinburgh. It goes without saying that if this comes to fruition it will have a significant impact, increasing the number of large scale, high value productions that can base here, bringing employment and investment.”