Production

Film and TV production is a major part of Bristol’s economy. More than 130 production and post production companies contribute over £140 million, in an industry that employs approximately 3,700 people.

The BBC‘s Bristol headquarters produce internationally renowned radio, drama, factual and wildlife television whilst the iconic BBC Natural History Unit sits at the centre of ‘Green Hollywood’, the world’s largest concentration of firms producing wildlife content. Bristol will be home to Channel 4‘s new creative hub from 2019 onwards when it relocates out of London.

As well as being home to award-winning production companies including Aardman, Icon Films and Plimsoll Productions, Bristol is also well known for its skilled post production houses such as Films@59, Evolutions and The Farm.

The sector is well supported by Bristol Film Office providing locations and filming assistance and The Bottle Yard Studios, the largest facility of its kind in the West of England. Recent film and TV credits made in Bristol include Stan & Ollie, Hellboy, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Early Man, Fortitude, The Spanish Princess, Poldark, Broadchurch and Wolf Hall.

Meanwhile, groundbreaking projects that push the boundaries of what can be achieved on screen are continually explored at Pervasive Media Studio and the Bristol VR Lab.

Through its Film Production strand, Bristol City of Film is:

  • championing and developing Bristol’s profile as a world-leading centre for film & TV production
  • improving access to employment for production professionals
  • creating opportunities for industry newcomers
  • increasing diversity within the workforce

Take a look at some of the projects we’re currently working with.

“The Balmoral [Ship] was a gem of a find. Its conserved beauty was the perfect setting for a crucial moment in the film and we couldn’t have done it without the wonderful support of Bristol.”

Faye Ward, Producer, Stan & Ollie