Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory, Paul Anderson and Sophie Rundle are among the stars arriving in Birmingham today for the Premier of Peaky Blinders, which was produced in the West Midlands. The event will give another boost to the West Midlands film industry, following last month’s launch event for a £2.1m Production Fund and new Screen Bureau.
Andy Street, Mayor for the West Midlands, announced the fund for the region. Speaking at the launch event held at Birmingham University, the mayor reportedly said;
“The West Midlands Production Fund and Screen Bureau will play a key part in both of these efforts. By bringing together regional partners and industry leaders in the film, TV and digital production sectors, the West Midlands will have a much more powerful voice and a clearer direction.”
“The potential for the creative and digital industries in the West Midlands is vast. These high growth and future-facing sectors not only offer huge job potential but also drive innovation and support other important industries.”
As a part of his vision for the creative and digital industries, the Mayor has also announced the formation of the West Midlands Screen Bureau, a new initiative that seeks to boost the region’s film, TV and digital production industry by increasing partnership working between industry leaders and production agencies across the West Midlands Combined Authority area. The sector will also be supported by the Creative Industries Toolkit. The Toolkit will be rolled out across the country as a national resource, which identifies the distinctive structure and personality of creative industries in each region and the socio-economic contributions they make to the UK.
The West Midlands Production Fund (WMPF) will be available for production companies to apply for through Creative England.