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AMC to shoot Knifeman as filmmaking doubles in London

AMC to shoot Knifeman as filmmaking doubles in London
David Wood
08 May 2014

AMC, the US network behind Mad Men and Breaking Bad, will become the latest stateside producer to shoot in London.

AMC will shoot the pilot for Knifeman starring Tim Roth in the capital, joining 20th Century Fox's 24: Live Another Day, which has a total production spend of approximately £37m with a core crew of 130, supplemented by over 500 temporary crew and a UK cast of approx 150 plus thousands of extras.

Speaking at Film London’s 10th anniversary, the film agency’s CEO Adrian Wootton suggested that London could now be the world’s biggest production centre, with the amount of filming in London doubling over the last decade.

This year the city has hosted The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (Henry Cavill), Night at the Museum 3 (Ben Stiller), Paddington (Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth). Avengers sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron (Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans) is now in production, and London Has Fallen (Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman) is due to start soon.

Gaming strategy

Film London is also planning to make London the games capital of the world in the next phase of development with a fresh focus on attracting the gaming industry, building on the latest tax relief for games.

It is to partner with UKie (UK Interactive Entertainment), the Mayor of London and London & Partners to exploring setting up a major B2B games event in the capital in 2015. 

Film London Microwave

Film London also announced the next phase of its grassroots filmmakers programme Film London Microwave, which is set up with the BFI, BBC Films and Creative Skillset.

It will invest over £2m in training, development and financing for a new generation of filmmakers.

The new programme will will develop and train up to 36 filmmaking teams over three years, and see filmmakers undergo a more intensive period of development to hone scripts, stories and skills in preparation for production.

The scheme will produce up to six features, at production budgets of £150,000, with additional funding ring fenced to support distribution.

Over £1.7m will also be invested in the capital's film culture and film heritage over four years, with a specific focus on the outer boroughs.

Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, London: A Bigger Picture is a major three-year project to promote greater engagement in archive film, uncovering, protecting and sharing more of London's film heritage.

Also supported by the BFI and Creative Skillset, Film London said the £950,000 project will engage over one million Londoners, working specifically with 15 outer boroughs, giving local communities the opportunity to access and learn about historic film and encourage them to share their own home movie records of the region's past.

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