London’s stellar movie industry should be promoted and protected in times of unprecedented change, Sadiq Khan has told film leaders.
The UK film industry contributed over £1 billion to London’s economy last year, and London is the third busiest city for film production in the world after two American hubs – New York and Los Angeles.
The creative industries are believed to account for one in six jobs in London. Khan said that recent moves, such as the building of a new filming centre in Dagenham, would allow London to bid for more overseas film projects.
Khan was speaking at the headquarters of Double Negative Visual Effects, a film company in Fitzrovia.
“From upcoming films Star Wars: The Last Jedi and The Mummy to the recent successes of Bridget Jones’ Baby and Brotherhood the capital’s film industry is currently enjoying record investment and I’m committed to making sure that it continues to flourish, making London the best, most inviting place for film production in the world,” he said.
“In order to achieve this, we need to ensure we continue to attract the brightest, most diverse creative talent to London and we need to invest in the kind of physical infrastructure that will ensure our city remains competitive on the global stage,” he added.
He also said that filmmakers who felt alienated from America by Donald Trump would be welcome to move to London.
“Film-makers, those involved in this industry, will have seen what Donald Trump has said.
“If it’s the case that Donald Trump’s policies are leading those people to leave America, they are welcome here.”