Take Down first film to receive funding from Wales Media Investment Budget
Thriller Take Down is to become the first feature to receive funding from the Welsh government’s new GBP30 million Media Investment Budget. Focussing on spoiled youths taken hostage at a school for troubled teens, the movie will shoot in Wales and on the Isle of Man.
Wales’ Media Investment Budget was set up earlier this year through a deal with Pinewood Studios and requires qualifying productions to film at least half of principal photography on location in Wales.
“We are delighted to see such immediate results, which is testament to Wales as a first class filming destination and the decision by the Welsh Government to create a GBP30 million Media Investment Budget,” said Pinewood’s Steve Christian.
“Take Down is a significant milestone which will bring substantial economic benefits to Wales. I am delighted at the part we have played in bringing this production to Wales.”
Added Wales’ Economy Minister Edwina Hart: “I am very pleased to see Take Down become the first feature film to receive funding through the Media Investment Budget.
“Wales has a growing reputation for film and television production and working with Pinewood Pictures we want to see even more projects coming to Wales. Through this new fund we will invest up to GBP30 million into projects brought forward by Pinewood to help create growth and jobs in this industry.”
Pinewood Studios is also developing a small studio facility in Cardiff. Wales is already a popular international filming location and hosts major US fantasy drama Da Vinci’s Demons, while the BBC bases Doctor Who in Cardiff and Atlantis near Chepstow.
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