UK Film Contributes To The Life & Soul Of London Says Mayor Sadiq Khan Ahead Of “Three Empire Awards”
Ahead of the Three Empire Awards, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has commented on the UK film industry’s enduring contribution to the economic and cultural vitality of London. He was speaking as Empire Magazine unveiled a 10ft sign reading “Welcome to Londonwood” greeting guests arriving at the awards ceremony on March 19.
Empire Magazine, the world’s biggest film and entertainment brand, has unveiled a sign to celebrate this year’s Three Empire Awards and the importance of the film industry to London and the UK. It is estimated that approximately £1.6 billion was spent in the UK on feature films: this was a 13% increase on 2015 and the highest since records began in 1994. An estimated £1.2 billion was contributed by the film industry to London’s economy in 2016 with over 200 film productions made in the capital last year. The awards are voted for by fans.
Speaking about the huge contribution London makes to the film industry, Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London commented: “The Three Empire Awards celebrate the best in cinematic achievement. From Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – London’s filmmaking expertise is the envy of the world. The film industry contributes a great deal – both economically and culturally – to the life and soul of our capital.
“I’m committed to building on our success as a world-renowned powerhouse of filmmaking, ensuring the capital continues to flourish and making London the best, and most inviting place for film production on the planet.”
This year Rogue One: A Star Wars Story leads the field, with nine nominations including Best Actress and Best Film. Amy Adams receives a nomination for Best Actress in Arrival, having been snubbed by the Oscars. Fan favourite Deadpool receives five nominations, including a nod for Ryan Reynolds for Best Actor. Andrea Arnold features on the Best Director list – a welcome inclusion of a female director, while British film triumphs with I, Daniel Blake and Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them receiving nods across the board
The Three Empire Awards will take place on March 19 at Camden’s Roundhouse.