Hollywood films pump nearly £20m into Glasgow economy

Fast & Furious franchise and Outlaw King among the productions shot in city in 2018.

Blockbusters: Outlaw King and Hobbs & Shaw.
Blockbusters: Outlaw King and Hobbs & Shaw.

Film and TV blockbusters such as Outlander, the Fast & Furious franchise and Outlaw King have pumped almost £20m into Glasgow’s economy.

The Glasgow Film Office (GFO) unveiled the latest economic impact figures from productions attracted to the city.

They said filming in the city in 2018 was worth £19.1m to the economy – a 26% increase on 2017.

GFO provides help and support for productions looking to film in Glasgow.

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In recent years, the likes of Outlaw King, Trainspotting 2, Churchill and Fast & Furious have been shot in the city.

STV News revealed last month that a planning application has been submitted to temporarily transform Govan Graving Docks in Glasgow into a set for a historic First World War drama.

It is understood the production is 1917, the upcoming Steven Spielberg and Sam Mendes blockbuster.

Councillor David McDonald, depute leader at Glasgow City Council, said: “These latest figures confirm Glasgow’s status as a go-to destination for the film and broadcast industry and both show its importance of filming to the city’s economy.

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“The work of the council’s film office continues to bear fruit, and the latest figures underline the importance of not only attracting productions but supporting local companies in the industry.

“Glasgow Film Office is in continuous discussion with production representatives and location managers, and as a result, more major films and broadcast programmes and features can be expected to be coming to the city soon.”


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