The UK makes its mark on Berlin
The 2015 Berlin International Film Festival is drawing to a close and filmmakers from around the world will soon be leaving the German capital. With the UK film industry having so much to shout about, the BFC was there to provide advice and expertise on UK production.
The UK’s generous tax reliefs, world-class talent and cutting-edge facilities have made it a global draw for production, and the BFC was on hand in Berlin to offer tailored advice to international producers looking to bring projects to the UK. In partnership with colleagues from the BFI, guidance was given on a broad range of subjects including British film and television tax relief, co-production and UK infrastructure at the We Are UK Film stand at Berlin’s European Film Market. Also promoting the UK alongside the BFC and BFI were the British Council, UKTI, GREAT and the UK’s national screen agencies.
The UK production industry was further celebrated at Saturday night’s We Are UK Film reception, attended by a host of international filmmaking talent and decision-makers.
Examples of the calibre of titles produced in the UK were very much in evidence in the Festival’s film programme: The Woman in Gold – a co-production between The Weinstein Company, BBC Films and Origin Pictures starring Dame Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Charles Dance and Katie Holmes – screened as part of the Special Gala. The film used a great deal of UK talent behind the camera, including renowned director Simon Curtis and producers Peter Heslop and Christine Langan. The production shot in a number of UK locations, basing itself at London’s Twickenham Studios and VFX provided by London based VFX house, BlueBolt.
Also premiering at Berlinale was Mr Holmes, an immersive drama starring Sir Ian McKellan as an aging Sherlock Holmes. Featuring a largely British cast, Mr Holmes filmed at East London’s 3 Mills Studios, and made use of the UK’s wealth of unique locations including Essex’s atmospheric Tilbury Docks and Sussex’s beautiful Hope Cove.
Screening out of competition at the festival was Cinderella, one of many major Disney productions to benefit from the Pinewood Studio Group’s extensive facilities and the UK’s diverse locations, following on from 2014’s hugely successful Maleficent, and ahead of the upcoming Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass.
The Berlin International Film Festival will continue until Sunday, but the industry-leading facilities and talent offered by the UK will still be available long after the films have finished screening and the red carpets have been rolled away.