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The Scottish Film Review

We analysed data and consulted with the sector to establish the context for Scottish film, and helped Creative Scotland shape their strategy for film.

Callum Lee

Managing Director

Callum leads the BOP team, its portfolio and strategic partnerships. His cultural and creative industries expertise is grounded in his work for major clients in the UK, Europe and Middle East.

Callum Lee - Managing Director  | BOP

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Film plays an important role in the Scottish cultural landscape. The current crop of successful films such as Sunshine on Leith and For Those in Peril show what Scottish talent is capable of. 

Yet the film industry in Scotland remains a small part of what is a globalised industry. Scottish talent crosses borders easily and often works on projects with no distinctively Scottish flavour, while audiences in Scotland are happy to watch films from all over the world, especially from America. 

Wider global forces, from the emergence of new technologies to fluctuations in exchange rates, can often have more effect on the level and nature of filmmaking in Scotland than the activities of any public agency. 

Nevertheless, many in the film industry feel that, despite the current successes, the industry is at something of a crisis point, with levels of production that are too low to sustain a viable domestic industry. 

This Review therefore was commissioned at an opportune time, when both the industry and Creative Scotland are thinking hard about the future of the sector and the roles they have to play in it.

During the project we looked at several aspects of Scotland’s film sector. However, it is important to remember that film is a global industry, with makers, producers and the films themselves constantly crossing national boundaries. Its scale means that international developments or shifts in technologies can affect Scottish film in ways that Scotland itself has little control over. To make sense of Scotland’s film sector it was therefore necessary to acknowledge the connections it has to the rest of the UK, to Europe and to the wider world.

Based on the consultations and the analysed data we set out a vision of where the film sector could (and perhaps should) be in ten years’ time, together with some thoughts on the actions required to reach these goals.

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Callum Lee - Managing Director  | BOP

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Managing Director

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