World War Z and other films bring over £20m to Glasgow

Remember how the Scottish city of Glasgow is being used as a location for lots of films recently? Glaswegians were raving about how much money this would bring to the city, now it has been revealed that this has indeed happened.

Last year we brought you the news that World War Z and Cloud Atlas were filming in Glasgow, which was expected to boost the profile and success of the city. Now, the Glasgow Film Office has released figures showing that films brought a kilt-raising total of £20.15 million to the city’s economy over the past year.

Brad Pitt’s zombie adventure was filming in Glasgow for 17 days in the summer of 2011, and it ended up bringing-in £3.33 million. Fantastic, but where did the rest come from? Well, it turns out that many other projects have recently also chosen Glasgow as one of their locations. Apparently, if you combine Cloud Atlas, starring Halle Berry and Tom Hanks, Under The Skin, starring Scarlett Johansson and Young James Herriot, a TV production about the university life of vet-come-writer, the city of Glasgow gains a total of nearly £5.5 million. Add to this the £2.2 million that was raised by low impact productions with brief two-day shoots in Glasgow, and you’re well on your way to the £20.15 million grand total.

The film-hype is not yet over, with the Glasgow Film Festival coming up this February from the 16th to the 26th. Those who are interested in attending what will without a doubt be a fantastically quirky celebration of all things cinematic should check out our competition, where they can win tickets to a screening of their choice at the festival.

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