London dominates 2011 blockbusters

The head of the Film Distributors’ Association has described this summer’s blockbuster releases as the “made-in-London cinema season.”

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and the final instalment of the Harry Potter franchise have featured various event spaces across the capital in their films – making London a major part of the big screen in 2011.

Jonny Depp will once again reprise his role as the enigmatic Jack Sparrow, while Daniel Radcliffe picks up his wand for the last time as the young wizard this July. Both films are expected to dominate the movie charts and pull in millions for the film industry and London itself.

Even digital animation flicks like Disney/Pixar’s Cars 2 features a race in front of the Royal Family home, Buckingham Palace, alongside with other famous landmarks.

The Film Distributors’ Association chief executive Mark Batey told the Evening Standard: “Interestingly, it’s a made-in-London cinema season. There’s been a lot of production in this country in the last year. This summer is the period when these films start coming to cinemas all within a few weeks of each other.”

According to Film London, international film investments set a new record 2010, with £928.9m being spent in the UK – a 15 per cent increase on 2009. Approximately 75 per cent of this production is concentrated in London and the south east.