Pinewood and UK film's future

May 2013
Evening Standard;5/20/2013, p51
THE rejection of Pinewood's expansion plans is without a doubt a major blow to UK film, especially so soon after the announcement that Avengers 2 and Star Wars VII are due to start filming there early next year. The Government regularly mouths support for the creative industries; recent tax breaks are great but if studio infrastructure is outdated, our attractiveness as a location to shoot is undermined. Should this decision have been handed so completely to local government? Ollie Powell WITH the completion of the Elstree Studios revamp there is no real need for even more studio space to be built. Only so many feature films can be made in the UK each year, with the weather a huge factor.


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