The UK Film and TV industry is booming- are you ready for it?

16 March, 2021

The UK Film and TV industry has risen to the challenges of the pandemic and is back pumping millions of pounds into our economy. If you’re serious about film, then you’ll love us.

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There’s no denying it’s been an interesting year for the UK’s Film and TV industry. With both the challenges of the global Covid-19 pandemic, and Britain leaving the European Union, you’d be forgiven for thinking that things might have slowed down… on the contrary; the landscape for TV and Film is stronger than ever.

All across the UK, productions have been kicked into high gear, finding new ways to adapt and evolve in today’s world. There’s never been a better time to seize the growing career opportunities out there, and Screen and Film School puts it all at your fingertips.

Our three colleges are located at the heart of many of these productions. Brighton has seen productions ranging from Bridgerton (Netflix) shooting at the Theatre Royal, to Behind Her Eyes (Netflix) making use of the diverse and iconic locations and using the entire city as the backdrop for the stories. And who can forget Grace (ITV) which premiered on ITV last Sunday to rave reviews; we’re not sure what we’ve loved more- catching breathtaking imagery of this creative city on our TVs, or seeing some of our brilliant graduates named in the credits!

Filming has begun in Birmingham on BBC One’s adaptation of Kit de Waal’s award-winning novel My Name is Leon. The drama, executive produced by Sir Lenny Henry and starring Malachi Kirby, Christopher Eccleston, Olivia Williams, and Cole Martin, is set in 1980s Birmingham, and follows the story of nine-year-old Leon, a mixed-race boy, and his quest to reunite his family. Adil Hussain’s feature film Footprints on Water was also recently filmed in the city during lockdown, and BBC Two’s documentary series Forensics: The Real CSI which followed the work of forensics experts from West Midlands Police, aired in February to brilliant reviews.

 

Similarly, productions have been non-stop in Manchester since the first drama back on camera last August, Viewpoint (ITV). Since then the city has seen the filming of projects such as Ridley Road (BBC), Cobra – Series 2 (Sky), Brassic – Series 3 (Sky), Peaky Blinders – Series 6 (BBC) and The Irregulars (Netflix). And things aren’t slowing down- a new drama, Stay Close (Red Production Company for Netflix) has just begun filming and series 3 of The Bay (ITV) is currently in prep!

Screen and Film School have been busy too- in a year where it felt like the whole world had stopped, our Brighton Industry Engagement Team hosted over 50 incredible events including Masterclasses with Screenwriter / Producer Charlie Brooker, Director Joe Wright, Director of Photography Seamus McGarvey, and Screenwriter / Showrunner / Producer Russell T. Davies! Just imagine what we’ve got in store for 2021/2022…

Lights, Camera, Action! The world is on it’s way back- and so are we.

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