Boris hails London film makers

testamentLondon Mayor Boris Johnson hailed the success of film making in London at the BFI London Film Festivals at the world premiere of Testament of Youth on October 14th. The film stars Kit Harington and Alicia Vikander, pictured above.

Speaking on before the screening, the mayor heralded London as a booming centre for production and thanked Film London’s role in making it happen. He went on to reveal new statistics showing that more features are being shot in the capital than ever before. Over 100 features were shot on location in London in 2013, compared to 60 in 2012.

The Mayor credited the “creativity and dynamism” of the capital’s filmmakers for helping to elevate London to its current position as “an important global hub for film production.”

He continued, “We are working closely with Film London to ensure that this city continues to compete with those other great filmmaking centres New York and LA. I am delighted to support this hugely important sector, which generates billions for our economy and brings thousands of jobs to the capital.”

Adrian Wootton, CEO of Film London and the British Film Commission, added that he was proud to be working alongside the Mayor of London to support the Festival. “Not only a flagship cultural event for our great capital, it has also become an important event on the international film industry calendar.”

Testament of Youth is an adaptation of Vera Brittain’s well-loved memoir of the same name. Produced in the UK and featuring a host of home grown talent, the film was partly shot in London, at locations such the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich and a Smithfield church. The cast includes Kit Harington, Emily Watson, Dominic West and Colin Morgan.

Watch the Testament of Youth trailer here.