The British Film Commission welcomed figures from the BFI which show the UK enjoyed healthy levels of production spend from international feature films in the first half of 2013, with a 65% rise on 2012’s figures.

Productions shooting in the UK in the first half of 2013 include The Monuments Men, directed by and starring George Clooney alongside Matt Damon and Cate Blanchett from Sony/Twentieth Century Fox, Jupiter Ascending directed by Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski starring Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis from Warner Bros., Disney’s Muppet sequel, Muppets Most Wanted and Marvel’s latest comic book adaptation Guardians of the Galaxy starring Chris Pratt, Benicio Del Toro and Glenn Close.

“We’ve had a healthy start to 2013 and we are currently working with some major productions planning to shoot in the latter part of the year,” says Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive of the British Film Commission and Film London. “Thanks to our excellent infrastructure and highly-skilled crew and creative talent, alongside generous and reliable tax reliefs, we pose an attractive offer to international productions and the BFC are working hard to capitalise on that both here and in LA.”