Birmingham is fast becoming the leading UK film location outside London. With Steven Spielberg recently filming scenes from his forthcoming blockbuster Ready Player One on Floodgate Street in the Jewellery Quarter, the city is seen as a highly cost effective alternative to the capital.
Whether for film locations, production offices or a base for suppliers, Birmingham is conveniently located in the centre of the UK with great connections to London. To capitalise on the city’s pedigree for film, the British Film Institute (BFI) recently announced their 5-year plan at Fazeley Studios in Digbeth. Some of the exciting developments coming out of the plan include a working partnership with Flatpack – the acclaimed one-of-a-kind film festival organisers based at the Custard Factory – to develop a major new BFI Film Audience Network (FAN) hub in Birmingham to encourage more people to watch more British and Independent films.
Film Birmingham has estimated that the economic benefit to the city as a location for filming reached around £8.5 million in 2015/16, with Peaky Blinders being a strong contributor to this.