Blockbuster year for British creative industry with more money spent on production
Speaking to the Telegraph, she said the break had allowed a “plethora of work in the UK, meaning that all people starting out can get experience and can hone their craft and get better”. Production teams had previously turned to other European countries like Prague and Budapest, she said, but the tax break had changed everything. “When it came in, our own shows, like The Crown, came back,” she said. “If that was made five years ago, it could have been in Budapest or Prague. Instead, it was shot here because of the tax break.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. She added: “If you look at the health of the industry and the number of people who are starting off on this journey, there is now a brilliant array of people that will be winning Oscars and Baftas in 10 years time.”Others hoping to win a gong include Casey Affleck, who has been tipped to win best actor against Ryan Gosling, Andrew Garfield, Viggo Mortensen and Jake Gyllenhall. And Emma Stone was odds-on for best actress, despite stiff competition from Natalie Portman for Jackie, Emily Blunt for The Girl on the Train, Amy Adams for Arrivals and Meryl Streep for her portrayal of enthusiastic by out-of-key opera singer Florence Foster Jenkins.Last night, the Government confirmed it would continue to back the “creative brilliance” of the UK, as Karen Bradley, the culture secretary, labelled the country “an international powerhouse of film, television and music”. Harris, who plays a dysfunctional American mother, recently spoke about how she had refused to play similar parts before, explaining: “I didn’t want to play a crack addict, I wanted to portray positive images of women in general, and black women in particular and I thought a crack addict wasn’t part of that.”Last night, Dame Pippa Harris, an award-winning producer and chair of the Bafta’s film committee, hailed a new era of blockbuster film-making, as she predicted Britons will be picking up Oscar after Oscar in 10 years time.She pinned the future success on a tax break, which was introduced by the Government to lure film companies to the country and has led to a steady stream of young talent to develop. The new figures showed a total 276 films received final certification from the British Film Institute (BFI), meaning they qualify as British and earn the tax break, which is more than any year since 2007. The top three grossing films in the UK, which included Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, were also all made on home soilCredit: Jaap Buitendijk Bafta hopeful Naomie Harris in New York on FridayCredit:REX/Shutterstock It has been a blockbuster year for the British creative industry with more money spent on film and television production than ever before, new figures show. A record-amount of money – more than £1.6 billion – was pumped into producing in the UK last year, resulting in a stream of big-hitting blockbusters and television shows.Nearly £480 million was spent on making shows such as Netflix exclusives The Crown and Game of Thrones. The top three grossing films in the UK – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and Bridget Jones’s Baby – were also all made on home soil. Seventeen films, meanwhile, earned £20m last year in the UK – one more than in 2015, the figures released by the British Film Institute showed. It came on the eve of this year’s Bafta awards ceremony, where Naomie Harris, the British actress most famous for her role as Moneypenny in Bond and the star of this year’s Moonlight, is tipped to win her first gong.Other British hopefuls include Dev Patel for Lion, the story of a boy adopted from India by an Australian played by Nicole Kidman, and Hugh Grant, who could win his first Bafta since 1995. JK Rowling, the writer, has a chance of winning her first competitive Bafta for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, after she wrote the script, while Andrew Garfield and Aaron Taylor-Johnson have also been nominated.