‘Bristol Film & TV Industries’ was a research project at the University of West of England (UWE Bristol). The project was funded by the Higher Education Innovation Fund and analysed the size, shape and characteristics of the film and television industries in the Bristol region. This was important because – aside from the global brands BBC and Aardman Animations – little was known about the structure and characteristics of the city’s film and television industries or the nature and extent of their contribution to the region’s economic and cultural health.
In addition to an extensive review of existing research on creative industries ‘clusters’ and regional film and television production, we also generated substantial amounts of original data. We conducted two surveys – one for companies and one for freelancers – and eighteen in-depth interviews with company executives, employees and other workers. We also produced a map to show the companies’ location and researched the history of the region in order to understand how the cluster has evolved.
We published our findings and recommendations in the report, Go West! Bristol’s Film and Television Industries (2017), which can be downloaded from this website.