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UK films enjoy box office bonanza
Harry Potter
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire topped the Uk box office in 2005
The UK film industry enjoyed a bumper 2005 with more homegrown productions and bigger interest at the box office than the previous year.

British films accounted for 34% of the UK box office, the highest in 10 years according to the UK Film Council.

UK cinema-goers bucked a worldwide slide in box office returns in 2005, registering a rise of 7m.

The amount of money spent on film productions in the UK was 559m, a 31% slide compared to 2004 levels.

This has been put down to the industry holding back before government tax incentives for the film industry come into force, which were announced in December.

Inward investment

The UK became involved in a total of 123 productions in 2005, with 37 films being "indigenous" and resulting in a 36% rise in spending on fully-fledged British cinematic ventures.

Breaking and Entering by Anthony Minghella and Oscar-winner Andrea Arnold's Red Road are included in the "indigenous" category.

UK film productions, films originating overseas but filmed mainly in the UK using British crews and facilities, and British co-productions filmed both in the UK and abroad using UK crews and expertise were included in the analysis.

Wallace and Gromit
Wallace and Gromit's film was a UK success with a homegrown feel

Inward investment from the US and other countries locating their productions in the UK contributed 312m to the British economy, down from 548m in 2004.

The number of UK films which were being watched by home audiences in 2005 has risen from 23% in 2004, and includes eight of the 20 biggest earners of the year.

Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Nanny McPhee were among the box office hits which went down well with UK audiences.

British film commissioner Steve Norris said he was "very happy" with the strong performance of indigenous films in 2005.

"This reflects the outstanding skills and talent in the UK film industry and the entrepreneurial skills of our producers in difficult trading conditions," he said.

Mr Norris added that 2006 holds "a great deal of promise" for the film industry with the introduction with the new tax incentives system.


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