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British Film Commission hails BECTU role in industry growth

8 February 2019

British Film Commission credits BECTU implemented Major Motion Picture Agreement with BFI production and box office growth.

Following news of another successful year for the BFI’s box office and production spend figures, the British Film Commission has referenced the role of BECTU and its own contributions to supporting the industry.

Figures from the BFI for 2018 reveal a new high for UK cinema admissions and the second highest spend on record for film and high-end production in the UK.

The comission has acknowledged BECTU's role, along with the the work of other unions, in underpinning the stability and continuity of the industry.

The British Film Commision specifically praised the BECTU implemented PACT Major Motion Picture Agreement. The agreement covers all the significant terms and conditions for crew engaged on major motion pictures with budgets equal to or in excess of £30 million pounds.

Adrian Wootton OBE, Chief Executive of the British Film Commission and Film London, said: “It is hugely rewarding to see these figures reflecting the UK’s flourishing screen sectors. Film and high-end TV are big business and year after year we are privileged to welcome inward investment productions to every region and nation of the UK, drawn here by our global reputation as a leading centre for world-class talent, facilities and technical expertise. This demand, and our collective success in consistently delivering at the highest level, is testament to the UK’s highly skilled workforce, underpinned by support from the unions including BECTU, whose recent agreement for big budget film with employers - supported by PACT and The Production Guild - has contributed to the industry’s continuity and stability, in turn impacting significantly on the success of inward investment.”

Spencer MacDonald, National Secretary said “The UK film and TV sector is acknowledged globally as one of the most attractive places to film. Productions are enticed by the world-class crew who have an excellent reputation for their expertise and quality. We are delighted that our members craft is now part of a new collective agreement for major motion pictures, which we signed in April 2018. This has certainly helped create a stronger environment of collaboration and we believe will positively contribute towards growth in the future.”

The continued growth has seen the highest level of cinema admissions since 1970, plus an increase in market share achieved by independent UK films and continued high levels of production investment across high-end television and film.