Well-known television shows and films shot in Suffolk, including The Detectorists, have helped attract £3.8 million of investment to the county in just two years.
Screen Suffolk, the organisation set up in 2016 by councils in the county and funded by the Suffolk Public Sector Leaders group, actively markets hundreds of Suffolk locations to the filmmaking industry.
It also connects them to local crews, hotels and restaurants and film services.
Films and shows shot in the past two years include:
- The Detectorists for BBC 4, shot in Framlingham and Suffolk County Council’s headquarters in Ipswich
- Escape to the Country for Channel 4, shot in Sudbury and Wickhambrook
- The Child in Time for BBC 1, shot in Shingle Street
- The Personal History of David Copperfield movie
- Yesterday, a new film from Richard Curtis and Danny Boyle
- Countryfile for BBC 1, shot in Walberswick
- Landscape Artist of the Year for Sky Arts, shot in Felixstowe at Landguard Point
- The Crown for
Netflix,shot at Elveden Hall
- Fearless for ITV, shot at Bentwaters Park
Research by Screen Suffolk has looked at spend by film production companies and crews during shoots. It estimates that an average filming day will generate at least £11,500 of spend in the local community – equivalent to £3,864,000 in the first 24 months of operation.
Creative England, the government body for film locations in the UK, estimates that crews spend three times this figure – £35,000 a day.
Some of the scenes from The Personal History of David Copperfield were shot in Bury St Edmunds. Crews spent £82,000 locally on hotels, food and drink and other local services. The movie release, together with Yesterday, are expected to add knock-on tourism revenues.
Screen Suffolk also creates work experience and training opportunities for Suffolk’s budding filmmakers.
Jennie Jenkins, the independent chair of Suffolk Public Sector Leaders Group, said: “The filmmaking industry is clearly booming and highly competitive, so it’s vital that we make sure directors and producers know what Suffolk has to offer when they’re looking for locations. Screen Suffolk has delivered some fantastic work in just two years, and we welcome their continued work to bring big hitting names and titles to Suffolk.
“The impact on Suffolk’s economy and local businesses is very clear and we will be looking at options to invest more in this work to benefit Suffolk further.”
There have been 336 filming days in the first 24 months of Screen Suffolk’s work. It is estimated that Suffolk attracted an average of just 30 days of filmmaking a year before this Screen Suffolk was set up.
Karen Everett, Screen Suffolk’s director, said: “It gives me great pleasure to report back to the Suffolk Public Sector Leaders group that their investment is paying off for the whole county. We will continue to work hard to secure more filming activity for Suffolk, we have exciting times ahead.”