Magazine article Screen International

London Hosting Shoots for Fast 6, Jack Ryan, Kick-Ass 2

Magazine article Screen International

London Hosting Shoots for Fast 6, Jack Ryan, Kick-Ass 2

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At a reception at London's Barbican Centre last night, Film London took the opportunity to announce the many high-profile international films that are currently shooting or about to shoot in the city.

In spite of fears that the Olympics would drive away international business, London - it is clear - is actually undergoing a mini production boom.

The Fast And The Furious 6 is currently shooting here as is Ridley Scott's The Counselor. Kenneth Branagh is soon to direct Jack Ryan in London. Kick-Ass 2 is shortly to begin production. Tom Cruise has recently arrived in the UK to star in Warner Bros backed All You Need Is Kill, shooting at Leavesden. Thor 2 will also be shooting in the London area. Disney's live-action fairy tale Maleficient starring Angelina Jolie is likewise London-based.

As London receives plaudits for its staging of the Olympics, The Mayor of London Boris Johnson (addressing guests through a specially recorded video message) trumpeted the city's attractions as a hub for film.

"Thanks to the unique opportunities for film-makers, including a world-class roster of talent in front of and behind the camera, and amazing locations that are recognisable the world over, we are delighted that more and more productions are deciding to set up shop in London," Johnson stated. "The film industry in and around London supports 70,000 jobs and generates nearly £1bn of spending every year, providing a fantastic boost to our economy. I fully expect to see this increase in the coming years."

Other speakers in the Barbican Conservatory included Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive of Film London, Amanda Nevill, Director of the British Film Institute, Amanda Berry, Bafta Chief-Executive and Josh Berger, Warner Bros' UK President, likewise tub-thumped on behalf of London to guests from the British and international media. …

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