£20M boost to city economy

Brad Pitt filming an action sequence at George Square Glasgow for his new film World War Z.  Chaos all around as Pitt takes his screen family from a smashed car and run towards a camper van. Picture Robert Perry The Scotsman  24th August 2011
Brad Pitt filming an action sequence at George Square Glasgow for his new film World War Z. Chaos all around as Pitt takes his screen family from a smashed car and run towards a camper van. Picture Robert Perry The Scotsman 24th August 2011

GLASGOW’S economy received a £20 million boost thanks to its popularity with Hollywood’s top hitter.

The cream of America’s acting talent – including Brad Pitt, Halle Berry and Scarlett Johansson – have all graced Glasgow, filming scenes for various films.

Berry spent a few days in the city filming scenes for Cloud Atlas – which will be released in October of this year – while Johansson shot part of her new flick Under the Skin in Glasgow.

Johansson’s film is set in Scotland but, for the big money-spinner to hit the city, George Square and its surrounding streets had to be altered to look like an American city.

World War Z, Brad Pitt’s new blockbuster, will not be released until January of next year but while the crew filmed here much of the city centre was blocked off and tourists watched in awe as contrived chaos held sway.

Streets around and just off the square were swamped with American-designed cars including yellow taxis and US cop cars.

The sci-fi/horror movie brought in £3.3 million to Glasgow during its 17-day stay last summer.

Gordon Matheson, Glasgow city council leader, said: “Alongside a great deal of excitement and enjoyment that films such as World War Z and Cloud Atlas brought was a tremendous economic boost for the city.

“The hard work of Glasgow Film Office and all the other council staff involved with the productions that come to our city has almost certainly paid off, with more than £20m coming into our economy.

“Such a figure underlines the financial importance of attracting film, broadcast and advertising productions to Glasgow”.