London Film

MQT on 2014-03-19
Session date: 
March 19, 2014
Question By: 
Onkar Sahota
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Given the recent success of Ealing born Steve McQueen receiving an Oscar for Best Picture for '12 Years a Slave', can the Mayor outline how his funding of Film London is finding and supporting new talent in London, and will he consider making this a key element of the GLA's investment in film, given that the Mayoral Decision MD1115 explicitly excludes this, in order that young Londoners can aspire to the same Oscar success?


Answer for London Film

Answer for London Film

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Over the past five years, the Mayor's film agency Film London has invested £4.5m in Talent Development from production finance to vocational training. Public investment in new talent in the capital comes from a range of sources including the GLA, British Film Institute and Creative Skillset. I prioritise areas where I can make the most difference: maximising inward investment, strengthening export and sales, and promoting London as a unique destination for film. As a result, London is now the third largest centre of production in the world. By building a healthy film industry in the capital, I am helping to sustain a thriving film sector in which new talent are able to work and flourish.