Sheffield is today reaffirming its commitment to being a film-friendly city, with the launch of a ‘one-stop shop’ of information and resources for production companies.
The city has a rich heritage of hosting hugely successful films and television programmes, from This is England to Billionaire Boy, from Four Lions to How To Talk To Girls At Parties.
Councillor Julie Dore, Leader of Sheffield City Council, said: “We know that production companies love coming to Sheffield for many reasons. Chief among these is the huge variety of locations we offer, from stunning peak district landscapes to gritty urban areas all within a few miles. Our thriving cultural scene and nightlife is another big draw. And we know that the larger productions can bring in excess of sixteen thousand pounds a day into the local economy, so we want to do all we can to encourage more to come.
“We have talked to several production companies about what they want. And while they are universally positive about their experiences of filming in Sheffield, and the support they get from Sheffield City Council, what was missing was a ‘one-stop shop’ of web-based information for both the stage when people are considering where to base their production, and then when people have decided to come to Sheffield so they can access everything they need from one central resource.
“The film-friendly Sheffield web pages will provide just that. And we will be working with partners in Creative England and Screen Yorkshire, as well as partners across the city, to reach as many potential new productions as we can.”
Danny Hussain, the Location Manager on ‘Billionaire Boy’, the adaptation of David Walliams’s book that he also starred in, said: “Sheffield was the perfect city to film the rags to riches to rags story of Billionaire Boy. The diversity of local architecture helped tell the story without too much effort in real locations. And gaining permissions to film was painless with the help and guidance of Sheffield City Council. Overall a pleasure to scout and a dream to film.”
The Council already work closely with partners at Screen Yorkshire and Creative England to bring filming productions to Sheffield, and have secured many top rate films and television programmes to be filmed in Sheffield.
Richard Knight, Head of Production at Screen Yorkshire, said: “Sheffield is such a cinematic city with a vast range of locations to be found within ten miles of the centre, making it an ideal place for productions to base themselves. In the past ten years I’ve organised gunmen on rooftops, car crashes, even blowing up a kebab shop! The response from the council to such filming enquiries has always been extremely positive and helpful; Sheffield is a “can do” city where things get done.”
Chris Hordley, Production Liaison Manager at Creative England, said: “Sheffield is a fantastic place to film with an excellent range of filming locations. I have been working with Sheffield City Council for a number of years to attract major productions to the city and Sheffield’s film friendly reputation is second to none.
“The city boasts a range of historic buildings and sleek modern architecture – link that with the iconic landscapes of the Peak District and you’ve got a location package that’s hard to beat! In recent years Sheffield has provided the perfect backdrop for an array of creative content including landmark period productions and contemporary film and TV drama – with the UK film and TV industry growing at a rapid pace the potential for Sheffield as a filming destination is huge, and I look forward to working with the city council to maximise opportunities going forward.”
And the South Yorkshire Filmmakers Network are talking to SCC about being a part of this new strategy as well. More to come!
The film-friendly Sheffield web pages can be found at www.sheffieldnewsroom.co.uk/filming