Screen Suffolk announces regional filming stats

Screen Suffolk announces regional filming stats

Magpie Murders

Screen Suffolk has announced that it has hit 1200 recorded filming days, a 500% increase on the total before the regional film office was established in 2016. 


With an estimated £13,500 daily economic benefit from filming, this equates to more than £16m since 2016, a significant boost to local suppliers, hospitality and retail. 


Operations and business development manager Rachel Aldridge said “We love productions coming into the county and using all the locations we have to offer. 2023 has seen some amazing shows across all the major streaming and TV channels. This year we’ve had major series and features shot in Suffolk on BBC1, Netflix, Amazon and Disney+.”


The StraysThe Strays filming at Kersey

Karen Everett, managing director, said: “The foresight of the councils to set up a Film Office in 2016 was ahead of the curve and our experience in managing 14 boroughs in London has enabled us to constantly grow the offering in Suffolk.

“All the team at Screen Suffolk live in the county and this enables us to have a wealth of local knowledge on how to entice productions in. Many other regions are now emulating our success and are also seeing the benefits of this type of service in both economic and local employment terms.”

Local backdrops that have been showcased include Suffolk County Council’s Endeavour House, which doubles for a London building; it has also been featured in The Detectorists and One Ranger. The film office also represents organisations and private landowners including Suffolk Wildlife Trust, with whom they worked with closely when Ed Sheeran shot a number of videos along the coast. 


Ed SheeranEd Sheeran, Cornhill

Other scripted productions to have filmed in Suffolk recently include Netflix’ The Strays, that used Lavenham and Kersey; Magpie Murders (Kersey) and Netflix drama Joy, starring Bill Nights, James Norton and Thomasin Mackenzie.  

Amazon’s The Power was the largest incoming production to date for Screen Suffolk – the production team spent five months in a field in Bawdsey creating a huge set for the convent scenes. 

Aldridge said of the streamer’s location choice: “After the many months of prep and then filming, it was wonderful to see the Suffolk coastline in this High End TV show, as well as giving opportunities to local cast and crew.

“Suffolk based suppliers benefited massively with the production using local companies for facilities, power, cleaning and accommodation. We estimate that The Power took 12,000 hotel nights during the period they were here.”


One RangerOne Ranger filming

All images credit Screen Suffolk. 

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