Film City Glasgow – it’s all about the facilities

(13/03/2013)

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About

Film City Glasgow is based at the heart of Glasgow’s film and television industry within Govan Town Hall, which has undergone a three-phase £3.5 million redevelopment.

The facility comprises over 12,000 sq. ft. of production office space, a 5,000 sq. ft. studio/build space, workshop areas, rehearsal/meeting rooms, café, and 10,000 sq. ft. of creative business offices, now home to over 25 permanent tenants from the screen and wider creative industries.

Post production facilities within the premises are managed by leading Scottish companies Serious Facilities (picture post) and Savalas (sound post), and include fully equipped high-def edit and grading suites, a Foley studio, project sound suites, and Scotland’s first Dolby Premier Studio.

A great production base for feature film work in Scotland, Film City Glasgow has hosted Sigma Films (Red Road, Perfect Sense and Citadel), Filth Productions (Filth), Seventh Kingdom Productions (Under The Skin), GHTG Films (God Help The Girl), Black Camel Productions (Sunshine On Leith and Legacy), and Peter Mullan’s ‘Neds’.  TV production work has included ITV Studios ‘Shetland’, IWC Media for Channel 4 ‘School Of Silence’ and ‘Iron Chef’, Red Productions ‘Single Father’, Silver Rivers ‘One Night in Emergency’, and the BBC with prime time comedies ‘Mrs Brown’s Boys’, ‘Old Guys’, and ‘Life of Riley’.

The Inspiration

The inspiration behind Film City Glasgow came from Gillian Berrie, co-founder of Sigma Films, who instigated the concept.  Gillian has been involved with a number of productions over the years including; Ken Loach’s ‘My Name Is Joe’, Peter Mullan's ‘Orphans’; Lynne Ramsay's ‘Ratcatcher’; Andrea Arnold’s ‘Red Road’, and David Mackenzie's ‘Last Great Wilderness’. Sigma Films has also Co-Produced notable projects such as Lars von Trier's ‘Dogville’, Susanne Bier’s ‘Brothers’ and Jonathan Glazers ‘Under the Skin’.

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Gillian said, “Film City Glasgow was inspired by a trip to Zentropa's 'filmbyen' (film city in Danish) in 2000, a film studio complex located in Hvidovre just outside Copenhagen, Denmark. At that time Glasgow desperately needed a production base for both indigenous and visiting productions, the mostly derelict buildings that we'd traditionally used were being demolished and it was getting harder to find suitable places to base productions.
 
“During this time we quite often used Govan Town Hall for filming. The location came about because Glasgow Film Office (which is also council run) managed a list of all the empty council buildings suitable for production use, and fortunately for us Govan Town Hall was on that list. Ratcatcher was the first time Govan Town Hall was used for location filming, and I realised then that it was be the perfect base for Glasgow’s own Film City.”

Tiernan Kelly, General Manager at Film City Glasgow commented:

“With Film City Glasgow all the elements are now in place to create a viable and sustainable screen ecology.  We have talented crew with an experience of high end productions and an enviable natural resource of breath-taking locations and state of the art post production facilities.”

They offer Productions Offices, Rehearsal Spaces and Build Space. For full details about Film City Glasgow, visit: filmcityglasgow.com.