YORKSHIRE HAS been the setting for many iconic films and now the region is set to get a major movie boost with plans to create a new studio space which may make it the Hollywood of England.
Screen Yorkshire has secured the rights to develop a major new site to help put the region on an equal footing with other key UK production centres. The plans will see over 100,000sq ft of air hangar space used for film and TV purposes.
Property investors Makin Enterprises own the former RAF site in Church Fenton, which will become Screen Yorkshire’s new ‘Yorkshire Studios’.
Yorkshire’s reputation as a base for large scale film and TV projects has gathered momentum following the launch of the Yorkshire Content Fund in 2012.
The fund has ploughed more than £21 million into the region’s economy through location-based dramas including Peaky Blinders, Dad’s Army and Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell. Sally Joynson, chief executive at Screen Yorkshire, said: “The opening of Yorkshire Studios is a significant landmark for the UK film and TV industry. The Yorkshire Content Fund has enabled us to secure some incredible projects.”
Most recently, Yorkshire has been used as the setting for the film Dad’s Army, which is due to be released in 2016 an includes stars such as Catherine Zeta-Jones. It was shot in Bridlington.
British actor Jim Broadbent came to Yorkshire to film a car chase in Leeds for Get Santa, which was released last year.