Sadiq Khan – London to become world’s most film-friendly city

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has set out his vision for London to become the world’s most film-friendly city.

Khan was speaking on a visit to a visual effects company, emphasizing that the UK film industry had injected a
record £1.35bn into the economy last year, an 18 percent increase on the previous year.

Sadiq said: “From upcoming films Star Wars: The Last Jedi and The Mummy to the recent successes of Bridget Jones’ Baby and Brotherhood, the capital’s film industry is currently enjoying record investment and I’m committed to making sure that it continues to flourish, making London the best, most inviting place for film production in the world.”

Since the introduction of film tax breaks, famous franchises from Harry Potter and the new Star Wars films have all been filmed in studios in and around London.

The capital’s world-class crews, locations, talent and competitive tax reliefs have sustained London’s position in the top three cities in the world for film production after LA & New York.

Khan has set up a study group exploring the possibility of building a new 17-acre film studio, in Dagenham east London, one of the ways to catch up with New York and LA to attract film-makers.

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