Spending on UK film and TV production jumped in 2016 while, according to one UK music supremo, “British music has conquered the world”.
Film and TV production spending was up 13 per cent compared to 2015, soaring to £1.6billion thanks to the success of British flicks including Bridget Jones’s Baby and Rogue One, the most recent Star Wars movie.
The latest British Film Institute figures showed that £1.35billion was invested by 48 major inward investment films basing themselves in the UK, with films such as Mary Poppins and Holmes And Watson set to be shot here this year.
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Figures from the Producers Alliance for Cinema and Television showed that the UK’s sales of television exports to international markets have risen by 10 per cent, from £1.2billion in 2014/15 to £1.3billion in 2015/16.
There has also been a large increase in sales in the Chinese market, which is up 40 per cent on 2014/15, after the UK and China TV signed a co-production treaty last year.
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Britain is a global powerhouse of film, TV and music. From James Bond to Downton Abbey to Adele, people around the world get to experience the best of British whether they have been here or not
Karen Bradley, Culture Secretary
Audio streaming has surged by 500 per cent over the last 12 months, while vinyl LP sales are at a 25- year high.
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Culture Secretary Karen Bradley said: “Britain is a global powerhouse of film, TV and music. From James Bond to Downton Abbey to Adele, people around the world get to experience the best of British whether they have been here or not.”
The industries, she added, “are also incredibly valuable to our economy, employing over half a million people in the UK and attracting hundreds of millions of pounds in foreign investment”.
This year’s top three grossing films at the UK box office were all made on British soil: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them and Bridget Jones’s Baby.
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Overall cinema ticket sales reached a second time high, raking in £1.227billion. Figures released by UK record labels’ association the BPI, showed that the continuing surge in audio streaming and accelerating demand for vinyl LPs helped usher in another successful year for British music in 2016.
Geoff Taylor, chief executive of BPI and the BRIT Awards, said: “Propelled by the remarkable talent of its artists, and the investment and digital engagement of its record labels, British music has conquered the world.
“This success has not just fuelled our music exports – in 2015 accounting for one in six albums sold around the world – it has enhanced the global appeal of British culture and in the process also made music the UK’s international calling card.”
Films attracted millions of people to their cinemas
British acts dominated the UK charts, with seven out of last year’s top 10 best-selling artists coming from the UK.
The popularity of Tottenham-born Adele showed no sign of diminishing, with the singer winning 2016’s best-selling artist album – the 12th year in a row the bestseller has come from UK.
Other British acts that fared well include Michael Ball and Alfie Boe, whose duets album Together was 2016’s best-selling new release, while English rock band The 1975 topped both the UK and US charts. British acts are set to take centre stage at the Baftas and Grammys tonight, and at the BRIT Awards and Oscars later this month.
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It emerged last night that Fleabag TV star Phoebe Waller-Bridge, 31, is in talks to become the third British actress to land a major role in the new generation of Star Wars spin-off films.
Sources say she has been lined up to play a new android character in the next film, a prequel based on the early life of Han Solo.
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