The latest stats in UK films and TV production are encouraging and show a trend that will drive a projected increase in demand for movie studios UK wide. Film and high-end television production spending in the UK exceed £5.64 billion in 2021, which is £1.27 billion higher than in the pre-pandemic year of 2019.

U.K. Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries said: “It’s fantastic to see both the record level of spending on film and television production in the UK and the return of audiences to cinemas. We have supported the industry through the pandemic and these brilliant figures highlight the importance of the sector to our economy.”

It seems that the UK also continues to bounce back from the pandemic as a film location. The number of films going into production in the UK in 2021 was 209 – 75 more than 2020 in the height of the COVID lockdowns.

Growth of independent films in the UK

Of the 209 films that started production, 126 of these films were classified as ‘independent domestic UK features’ and they contributed £221m to the total spend. This is an increase of 39% compared to the £158.2m spend in 2020.

UK Indie films can be globally successful, with cult classics including Monty Python’s Life of Brian and Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire, and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

Demand for movie studios UK wide

In 2021, directors were already concerned about a lack of movie studios in the UK, and without access to the right locations such as production spaces, movie studios, and infinity screens, the UK is at risk of losing these film opportunities moving forward. Studio spaces outside London, in spaces converted to compete as a leading location for directors and producers, are looking to help ensure that the UK can continue the upward curve in film production and success.

Movie studio rental in Surrey

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