A Golden Age for British Cinema
The BFI has published figures for last year’s box office, showcasing a strong, and growing industry: Not only did 2015 have the highest ever UK box office takings (£1.240 million, 17% up from 2014 numbers), but UK independent cinema has also held its own to a record breaking degree with an 11% market share during 2015 – the third highest on record!
Legend takes the cake for highest grossing UK independent film with an £18.4 million gross, with The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel following at £16 million.
Culture Minister Ed Vaizey declared that the figures demonstrate that the UK is the best place in the world to make film:
Britain’s creative industries contribute a record breaking £84.1 billion a year to our economy, and I’m delighted independent films made in this country have maintained their impressive track record in what was a blockbuster year for the UK box office. We have some of the best studios, actors, crews, locations and facilities in the industry, and combined with the Government’s film tax relief incentives, the UK is the best place in the world to make film
Meanwhile the CEO of the BFI, Amanda Nevill applauded this progress, heralding the new numbers as a sign of a ‘golden age’ for British Cinema:
With spend from film production over £1.4 billion, audiences flocking to cinemas and UK box office topping £1.2 billion for the first time, today’s numbers show a golden age of British film continuing – and underlines film’s important contribution to the UK economy.
For more information, check out the BFI’s article on the subject here: http://www.bfi.org.uk/news-opinion/news-bfi/announcements/bfi-statistics-2015-uk-independent-films-win-audiences