Govt funding for two new Scottish movies

Two new movies which are being filmed north of the border have received £800,000 of Scottish Government funding.

The sequel to Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting, starring Ewan McGregor and Robert Carlyle, has been given £500,000, while Jonathan Teplitzky’s Churchill, featuring Brian Cox, has been awarded £300,000.

The two movies received nearly half of Creative Scotland’s £1.75 million production growth fund, funded by the Scottish Government and National Lottery.

The fund aims to stimulate growth in film and TV drama production and encourage international productions to come to Scotland.

The Scottish Government said it has increased support to the screen sector by 30 percent to £21.6 million, compared to 2007/08 funding levels.

Filming on Churchill in Edinburgh started last week while work on the Trainspotting sequel began shooting in locations around the Capital and Glasgow earlier this month.

Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop said: “The Scottish Government and its agencies are working together to maximise the economic, social and cultural benefits of Scotland’s screen sector. “This fund is assisting talented producers finance their projects, while investing directly in our workforce and helping to grow our creative sector.

“I’m pleased filming is underway on both productions. Film-making, animation and television production make an important contribution to Scotland’s rich and diverse cultural life.”

Natalie Usher, director of Screen at Creative Scotland, said: “The response to the Production Growth Fund has been brilliant and Creative Scotland’s Screen Commission has seen a huge increase in enquiries from UK and international productions.

“Since the fund’s launch last year, we have proved the Fund has provided significant opportunities for Scottish craft and technical talent.”