Mission Impossible 7, Indiana Jones 5 and The Railway Children: Yorkshire set to host major television and film productions in 2022 after an “incredible year”

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Tom Cruise films latest Mission Impossible film in Levisham, North Yorkshire in April

The Yorkshire venues have been used for a range of productions, ranging from big budget films such as Mission Impossible 7 and Indiana Jones 5 by Tom Cruise, to hugely popular TV series such as Gentleman Jack and All Creatures Great and Small.

A crew also spent over a month filming a long-awaited sequel to The Railway Children in the area and used several key locations from the original film, including the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway. The feature film, titled The Railway Children Return, is slated to hit theaters in July.

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Caroline Cooper Charles, chief creative officer at Screen Yorkshire, said the company has “never been this busy” as it strives to support dozens of productions, as well as fund film projects in the region and to train young creatives who wish to break into the industry.

New Screen Yorkshire Managing Director Caroline Cooper Charles

“It really has been an amazing year,” she said. “I think what people know about Yorkshire now is that they can get some level of support from the Screen Yorkshire film office. We only put it in place a few years ago and before that the infrastructure just wasn’t there.

“The landscapes speak for themselves – they are amazing – and people have always been drawn to that and to our amazing country homes. For example, we ran The Witcher in Gordale Scar.

“But people can also now come to Yorkshire with the absolute confidence that they have this one-stop service. If they need studios, a production base, a crew or that real expertise and that guidance, our film office team is there.

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She added: “2022 is going to be amazing and you’re going to see a lot more Yorkshires on big and small screens.”

A recent report from the British Film Institute (BFI) shows that TV and film spending and productions in Yorkshire rose 121% to reach £ 235million between 2017 and 2019. In the UK it increased by 74% % to reach £ 13.86 billion.

Ms Cooper Charles, who will succeed Sally Joynson and become the company’s chief executive in January, said the industry has recovered long after the pandemic halted productions across the country in 2020, and she is convinced as the level of demand and investment continue to increase.

The pandemic has increased costs for production companies as additional infection control measures need to be put in place, but they have benefited from the £ 500million government-backed support package, which was announced l ‘last year.

However, Ms Cooper Charles said the lack of studio space was still a problem, even though Versa Leeds Studios is set to open next year.

“Next year we would like to identify another site where we could have some really great soundstages, for big studio films in Yorkshire,” she said.

“We keep trying tirelessly to find where this might happen, but there are so many factors you need to consider. It must be a large space that will not be disturbed by noise pollution.

Ms Cooper Charles is now looking ahead to 2022 and said nine major productions are preparing to shoot in the region.

She is eagerly awaiting several releases, such as The Duke, which was filmed in West Yorkshire and stars Helen Mirren and Jim Broadbent, as well as the Bradford-based Ali & Ava-based Clio Barnard love story and drama. in four parts of ITV Confessions of Frannie Langton, which received financial support from Screen Yorkshire.

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