British Martial Arts Champion Turned Actor Cengiz Dervis Admits He’s Riding The Wave As UK Film Continues To Flourish

Former martial arts champion Cengiz Dervis, who has turned his attentions to acting and will soon be seen in Bourne-like British action thriller By Any Name, admits he’s riding the crest of a wave as the UK film industry continues to flourish.

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The highest earning films at the UK box office in 2016 were made in the UK. In fact, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Bridget Jones’ Baby, the three films in question, were all made at Pinewood Studios in London. Together they captured a 27.5% overall market share.

But that’s not all. British independent films Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, Eddie The Eagle and Dad’s Army also performed brilliantly, earning a 7.4% market share. These films together with the big budget franchise movies helped to make 2016 the second most profitable year for UK cinemas with £1.2bn spent by the cinema-going public.

Cengiz Dervis, whose new film By Any Name arrives later this year, admits it’s a good time to be involved in a thriving UK film industry. “The UK has a long history of being a place where the arts can shine and be celebrated, the latest figures cement that position,” he said, adding how important the arts are to society’s cultural make-up as well as people’s livelihoods. “The arts promote creativity, give people an outlet to express their views, and can even help build bridges between different cultures. In today’s world, the place of the arts in our society are more important than ever. A film, song, or performance that brings people together shouldn’t be underestimated.”

The former professional kickboxing and martial arts champion, who takes the lead in director Euros Jones-Evans’ film By Any Name, applauded the efforts of the arts sector and continues to argue that there are many reasons to support the arts throughout 2017 and beyond.

The combined TV, film, and music industry grew over 10% in the UK in the second half of 2016 alone, figures show. Digitally savvy consumers are underpinning the growth but a range of visionary directors, stellar acting casts, and behind the scene professionals are continuing to perform well and lead when it comes to the world stage.

Dervis noted, “The fact that the arts are growing at such a pace, even when there’s uncertainty in the UK economy, shows resilience. It highlights just how far the positive impact of the creative sector can reach and the need to keep nurturing the talent.”

Dervis’ latest film By Any Name arrives later this year.

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