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Your view: Glasgow makes most of the screen

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THE film industry is continuing to boost Glasgow’s economy as the city proves to be a popular place to capture on screen.

A financial boost of £19.74 million was raised by film, broadcast and other production in the city during 2013 .

In 2012, £20.15million was raised thanks to Brad Pitt, Halle Berry and Scarlett Johansson vehicles being filmed in the city.

A Glasgow city council spokesman said: “Glasgow Film Office attracts productions to the city and coordinates activity to ensure filming goes as smoothly as possible while minimizing the impact on everyday life in Glasgow.”

Homegrown stars David Tenant and Billy Connolly starred in the most prominent feature film shot in the city last year, What We Did On Our Holiday.

Two returning TV series — Waterloo Road and MI High — also made significant contributions to the city’s economy.

Bailie Liz Cameron, executive member for jobs and the economy at GCC, told The Extra: “Last year was yet another successful year for the film and broadcast industry in Glasgow.

“The economic importance of the sector has been clear for some time, with almost £250 million having come to the city over the past 15 years.

“These figures once again illustrate the value of the work of our Glasgow Film Office.”

Since its inception, GFO has supported a host of award-winning British films such as Red Road, as well as large scale international productions.

In the last three years, World War Z, starring Brad Pitt, Cloud Atlas with Halle Berry, Under The Skin with Scarlett Johansson, Filth with James McAvoy, Perfect Sense (Ewan McGregor and Eva Green), The Decoy Bride with David Tennant and Fast & Furious 6 have been filmed in Glasgow.

For this week’s Extra Question, we took to the streets to ask southsiders: did the Academy make the right decisions for this year’s Oscars?

Newton Mearns man Mike Ward (53) isn’t interested. He told The Extra: “It’s been quite a few years since I have watched a film. I am far too busy.

“As an art form I don’t believe film is deserving of awards. I am far more interested in spending my time doing other things.”

Jim Hepburn (84) agrees. The Giffnock resident said: “I couldn’t really care less. My wife is far more into films than I am. She saw 12 Years a Slave though and she enjoyed it so it probably deserved to win the best film award.”

Dad Alistair Liddell (31), from Barrhead, commented: “I only get a chance to go to the cinema with my children The last film I went to see was Mr Peabody and Sherman. Although the kids liked it, I don’t think it was hard done by in not winning an Oscar!”

And for John Kerr (20), from Darnley, “Leonardo DiCaprio was very hard done by.

“His performance in The Wolf of Wall Street was outstanding. He should have won at least a few Oscars by now.

“He must be getting very frustrated with the Academy.”

 

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