Map­ping a way to Os­cars

Show­biz: New chart high­lights Scot­tish links to sil­ver screen con­tenders

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS - BY KIERAN BEAT­TIE

A spe­cial map cel­e­brat­ing Scot­land’s con­nec­tions to the sil­ver screen has been cre­ated by a tourism body ahead of Hol­ly­wood’s big­gest night.

VisitS­cot­land has put to­gether a new project called Six De­grees of Scot­land, which links this year’s Os­car nom­i­nees to fa­mous films shot in lo­ca­tions across the coun­try.

The scheme was in­spired by the con­cept of six de­grees of sepa­ra­tion, which posits that ev­ery­one in the world can be con­nected to each other by six steps or fewer.

Jenni Steele from VisitS­cot­land said: “Film tourism is boom­ing across Scot­land. With James Bond, Trans­form­ers and The Avengers – some of the world’s big­gest film fran­chises – choos­ing to film here, the coun­try’s cel­lu­loid con­nec­tions are as strong as ever. It’s the unique mix of stun­ning land­scapes, rich her­itage and fas­ci­nat­ing sto­ries that make Scot­land an ir­re­sistible draw for filmmakers from across the world.

“Our Six De­grees of Scot­land of­fers a fun way to re­veal these movie con­nec­tions and we hope it will in­spire many more jet­set­ters to make con­nec­tions of their own.”

In 2016, var­i­ous film and TV pro­duc­tions spent around £69mil­lion in Scot­land, and it is hoped that by en­cour­ag­ing even more com­pa­nies to shoot north of the bor­der even more cash could be brought into the coun­try’s econ­omy.

Yes­ter­day, it emerged that the High­lands alone had re­ceived a record num­ber of ap­pli­ca­tions for film­ing this year.

More than 200 re­quests to use the scenery of the north as a lo­ca­tion for ev­ery­thing from ad­verts to block­busters have come in this fi­nan­cial year – with tra­di­tion­ally busy March still to come.

Brodie Pringle, the head of screen com­mis­sion at Creative Scot­land, said: “Scot­land con­tin­ues to be an ex­tremely pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tion for in­ter­na­tional pro­duc­tions, with record lev­els of pro­duc­tion spend in 2016. Scot­land’s unique and ver­sa­tile lo­ca­tions, cou­pled with our world-class crews, make it a very at­trac- tive place for pro­duc­tions to base them­selves.

“In the past year, we have wel­comed some of the big­gest pro­duc­tions ever to have filmed in Scot­land, in­clud­ing Avengers: In­fin­ity War and Net­flix’s Out­law King, both of which will show­case our un­ri­valled film lo­ca­tions to global au­di­ences and give vis­i­tors to Scot­land the op­por­tu­nity to step into the big screen and visit some of these iconic places.”

Dame He­len Mir­ren

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