It would seem the bright lights of Hollywood are on their way to Suffolk, after a deal was struck with a major location firm that has worked on a number of blockbusters and TV series.
Seven companies were bidding for the contract for developing Suffolk’s screen industries, as part of Suffolk County Council’s intent to bring more production companies to the county for filming.
Film Fixer have been confirmed as winning the contract, meaning work can begin on bringing filming to Suffolk. It is hoped that the move will help to boost the county’s tourism, arts and leisure industries.
The film firm has most recently worked on Star Wars, the new Jason Bourne film and the BFG, as well as TV shows such as The Apprentice.
Suffolk is no stranger to appearing on our screens, with BBC’s Springwatch having been filmed at Minsmere Nature Reserve earlier this year, as well as other shows such as Lovejoy and Detectorists having been filmed in the country. The Fast and Furious franchise was also filmed at Bentwaters in previous years.
Currently between 20 and 50 days of filming for adverts, TV shows and films takes place across the county, but the new partnership aims to increase that to 300 days.
Speaking of the deal, Christopher Hudson, Suffolk County Council cabinet member for Ipswich, said: “We know that people have filmed in Suffolk and have had a really good time, so we feel that Suffolk has a lot to offer. They recognised the potential of what is here and a significant part of our motivation is promoting Suffolk.”
Film Fixer are now building up a library of locations to pitch to location scouts and producers, with news of the first projects expected to be announced in the coming weeks. Who knows, we could have a blockbuster being filmed on the doorstep of one of our holiday parks in Suffolk!