Film and TV Production in the UK continues to look healthy as we enter 2018. Last year we reported a growth in UK production and this looks set to continue, with the following productions due to begin filming in the UK over the coming weeks:
- Doctor Dolittle starring Robert Downey Jnr
- Lowry Biopic starring Vanessa Redgrave and Timothy Spall – Mrs Lowry & Son
- Gerard Butler action sequel Angel has Fallen
- Judy, a Judy Garland biopic starring Renee Zellweger
- Action thriller with Sandra Bullock, Cash Truck
- Pokemon movie Detective Pikachu
- War of the Worlds – a TV adaption from BBC One
- 3 part ITV drama-thriller, based on real events and starring martin Clunes, Manhunt
- ITV drama The Widow, with Kate Beckinsale
Best of 2017 TV Production In The UK
Some of the biggest UK-made success stories of 2017 include Darkest Hour, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Dunkirk, Wonder Woman, Paddington 2 and Beauty and the Beast. They contributed to a record-breaking year at the box office, with an increase of 6.1% in ticket sales compared to 2016 – £1.38bn total spent on cinema tickets! All this despite the growing popularity of streaming sites such as Netflix.
Despite its December release, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, highest-grossing film of 2017 and the 10th highest-grossing film of all time! It was filmed predominantly at Pinewood Studios UK, with locations including Croatia, Bolivia and Ireland
Darkest Hour is back at the top of the UK box office, following its recent awards nominations and wins – the list of 89 includes the BAFTAs, Golden Globe Awards and Oscar/ Academy Awards. There were 14 UK locations used for the filming of this 2017 success story.
The other incredibly successful World War II film of 2017 was Dunkirk. Written, directed and produced by the UK’s Christopher Nolan – who was voted in the top 100 most influential people in the world in 2015. Scenes were shot in Dorset but also the USA, Netherlands and France.
Despite becoming the highest-grossing superhero origin film ever, UK filmed Wonder Woman was snubbed at the Oscars. This is probably due to the incredible competition. Scenes were shot in Surrey, Sussex and London Kings Cross Station and Trafalgar Square – where crew had to wrap the entire location in blue screen in just 15 minutes in order to get the shots needed! Supervising locations manager Charles Somers described UK production crews as being “some of the best in the world” in a chat to film, TV and advertisement production directory, The Knowledge.
Paddington 2 received rave reviews as the perfect family-friendly Christmas movie after it’s release in November last year. It was shot in 20 UK locations and has an 8.7/10 rating on Rotten Tomatoes and was recently named ‘Best Reviewed Film Ever’!
Official highest-grossing live-action musical film ever, Beauty and the Beast, was filmed entirely in the UK and grossed over 1.2 Billion in 2017, making it the second most financially successful film of 2017, and the world’s 11th-highest-grossing film of all time, behind Star Wars: The Last Jedi, of course.
Other popular 2017 production with UK named as ‘Primary Country of Origin’ on the IMDb website:
- Baby Driver
- The Martian
- Black Mirror
- The End of the F***ing World
- Peaky Blinders
- Doctor Who
- Prison Break
- Derry Girls
- Call the Midwife
Films we’re going to check out in 2018? Bohemian Rhapsody, Mission Impossible – Fallout, Black Panther, Solo: A Star Wars Story …and obviously Incredibles 2!