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Could Somerset be the new Hollywood?

12th January 2015

Categories: News

Visit Somerset launches film tourism initiative with Creative England.

Film tourism is worth billions of pounds to the UK tourism economy and Visit Somerset wants to ensure the county is in the industry’s sights.

Visit Somerset has signed a sponsorship and collaborative partnership deal with the UK Agency 'Creative England’ which is tasked with supporting and co-ordinating with the British Film Council the marketing of the UK to film production companies, film scouts and location managers.     

The sponsorship deal will include the support of a 'I love filming in Somerset campaign’ and comes on the back of scenes filmed at Montacute House for the BBC’s new period drama, an adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall, starring Damian Lewis and Mark Rylance.

Emma Chapel, senior production services manager at Creative England, said - "We are very excited to be working with Visit Somerset on this project. 'Wolf Hall' looks set to be a fantastic series and it's great to see such a prestigious drama come out of Somerset. Film and television production contributed almost £2.5million to the local economy in the last 18 months and we hope that high-calibre productions will continue to come to the region to utilise its great locations, facilities and local crew".

John Turner CEO of Visit Somerset has said; "We have to drive value for our members whilst ensuring that the county is going to gain the best exposure. Film tourism is worth billions to the UK tourism economy and with the coming of Wolf Hall together with many other famous films that have been shot in Somerset such as Hot Fuzz, Remains of the day, Emma  and Sense & Sensibility we feel that working with Creative England is that important next step.

"We have an incredibly photogenic county steeped in so much history with incredible historic backdrops and stunning natural wonders that are capturing the imagination of film producers.

“It’s now time to support the profile and ensure that Somerset is first in the mind for future film and TV production. We will be meeting shortly with Creative England in putting together a 10 point plan for the year so that we can maximise and grow this remarkable opportunity and ensure even more memorable Somerset moments.”

Creative England has supported 125 productions including four feature films and 10 TV dramas to film on location in Somerset with estimated on-location spend between April 2013 and September 2014 £2.4m in the county…

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