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Wednesday, 5 February, 2003, 13:47 GMT
Film studio plans unveiled
Artist's impression of the studio
The proposed studio would include 14 sound stages
Plans for a 30m Scottish film studio have been unveiled by a private consortium.

The studio would form part of a 250m development planned at Aberuthven near Gleneagles and could create up to 1,000 jobs.

It would include 14 sound stages and Britain's largest external water tank.

The proposed complex also includes a private country club, apartments and a golf course.

Tony Antoniou
We're dedicated to making this work and this could be phenomenal news for Scotland, the UK and indeed the international film world

Toni Antoniou

Details about the 800 acre site in Perthshire were made public at a media conference on Wednesday morning.

The Gleaneagles Film Studio Partnership plans have been under discussion for six years.

But the plans concern members of the local community who are worried that the proposals are part of an attempt to get planning permission for a large housing development.

Partnership spokesman and Glasgow businessman,Toni Antoniou, said he believed the project would be one of the UK's biggest business success stories in years to come.

He said: "We want to provide a unique filming facility with capability of handling any international large-scale production from filmmaking right through to final production.

'A clear market'

"But we have to have vision, our feasibility studies have shown us that there is a clear market for this but we need people on our side for this to go ahead."

With the international film industry worth about 60bn a year, Mr Antoniou said the studio would only need to attract about 2% of the market to remain viable.
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He added: "If this doesn't happen now it never will. We're dedicated to making this work and this could be phenomenal news for Scotland, the UK and indeed the international film world."

The consortium behind the plan includes banks, private investors, commercial developers and industry experts.

Scottish actor Brian Cox has already agreed to become patron of the proposed film academy.

He remarked: "This vision would reap immeasurable rewards for Scotland and the UK as a whole within the international movie world."

But the residents of Aberuthven are calling on the council to reject the application and leave the village as it is.

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"The plans are very much still in the pipeline"
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