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The UK has the third largest film market in the world, second only the USA and Japan: in 2010, 24% of UK box office receipts were from UK films (BFI,2011). With a wealth of film-making talent, the UK film industry is a constantly evolving creative media landscape and, in recent years, there has been a surge of support, with public funding from the National Lottery and various broadcasters.
The UK film industry acts as an independent creator of feature films and a co-producer and a service provider for film industries from around the world. Contributing more than £4 billion to UK GDP each year and employing over 35,000 people, the UK film industry is enormously important to the economy. British independent films are growing in quality and popularity and the UK can take credit for some of the world’s most famous names in filmmaking and acting.
Working in film has always been portrayed as glamorous, and the UK film industry is still an extremely competitive arena, whether as an actor, a director or a producer. The most important question to ask before trying to get into the film industry is: which department do I want to get into and what will be required?
The UK film industry can be roughly split into 5 sectors:
There are hundreds of jobs within UK film, all of which require a unique combination of specialist skills. The career ladder can be long and steep, but working in film is often seen as a vocation as well as a job. Whilst the majority of jobs are within production, there are still many areas of work, lesser known factors that contribute to making the UK film industry so successful.