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Box Office Records Smashed In 2018

03 January 2019

UK attendance at the cinema hit an all-time high in 2018 with cinema-goers attendance at roughly 176 million and that’s a number not seen since 1971 when the box office hits include the movies ‘Diamonds are Forever’, ‘French Connection’, ‘Dirty Harry’, and ‘Fiddler on the Roof’. 

Film experts believe that the increase in figures are thanks to a much better slate of films with a much greater selection. The December slate here in the UK included ‘Mary Poppins’, ‘Aquaman’, ‘Bumblebee’ and an animated ‘Spiderman’.

With this increase in figures it’s no wonder the UK film industry is booming with the large production facilities expanding to make way for the increase in demand our UK film industry is in a really great place and can only get better as we look forward to another big year in 2019.


North America also posted a record breaking 2018. Strong performances over the Christmas and New Year holiday period pushed total North American box office to a record $11.859bn, according to the final figure from measurement company Comscore. North American box office passed the previous annual record - 2015’s final tally of $11.383bn. The final tally from Comscore represents a 6.7% increase over 2017’s $11.119bn. 


Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst with comscore, said “2018 was an incredible record-breaking year that not only saw the highest revenue ever achieved, but also represented an increase in actual attendance over 2017,” he said. “An incredibly diverse slate of films combined with a love for the movie theater experience and the need for escapism that was the hallmark of last year’s success looks to continue in 2019'.

With the UK and USA breaking records, the worldwide box office numbers also broke records, earning $41.7 billion globally.


Edinburgh To Get New Major Film & TV Facility

17 December 2018

The location is a 160,000sq ft site and the organisation hopes to create five sound stages of up to 100 feet high. As well as the building, there is room on the site for workshop, productions and high end office space and further room outside for parking.


The new facility is in a prime location, only three miles outside of Edinburgh city centre and a mere 10 miles from the international airport. With the former company closing its doors for business it seemed the ideal location for the new site, whereas it’s already operated as a base for film production when part of the movie Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War was shot there in 2017.


The aim is that this will help to create inward investment in films and grow Scotland’s screen production industry. In the last 10 years’ production spend on TV and film in Scotland has increased more than 300 per cent, placing the area firmly on the map. 


Isabel Davis, executive director, Screen Scotland, said: “The enormous potential of 31 Bath Road was demonstrated when it hosted Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War last year. Its scale, accessibility, proximity to crew and central Edinburgh and its ability to be rapidly adapted make it a highly attractive proposition and one that could swiftly provide a home in Scotland for large scale productions. 

“Screen Scotland is firmly committed to supporting the growth of the screen sector to be a global screen leader.  The site presents a fantastic opportunity to increase Scotland’s screen infrastructure, and capitalise on the unprecedented production boom, which will have a hugely positive impact on our screen sector and the wider economy.”

The UK has become a major hub for TV and Film production over the last couple of years, where other sites such as Pinewood Studios are expanding to facilitate the increase. It was reported at the start of last year, the spend on film production in the UK reached the highest level on record with £1.9bn, a 12% increase on the previous year and this figure continues to grow.



Netflix at Pinewood Studios

04 December 2018

Pinewood Studios have hosted thousands of film and TV shoots since opening their doors, including the James Bond films, Star Wars and many other blockbusters. With Netflix expanding their productions in the UK, a hub at the legendary Pinewood Studios would make perfect sense. This would be a strong sign of the company’s commitment to increase, even further, their international programming. It already has around 40 U.K. originals, including the very popular TV series Black Mirror.


Thanks to government tax breaks and good infrastructure, the UK is a hotbed of film and TV production at the moment. Many studios are expanding to be able to manage the increase. Netflix alone, is expanding throughout Europe, unveiling a new series in London this weekIt announced earlier this year that it was opening a new production hub in Madrid. It has also opened a fully staffed Paris office and is moving to new offices in London, with several newly hired programming execs to be based there.


Private-equity group Aermont, who own the Pinewood Group, is also expanding its own studio business. It recently bought 100 acres of land next to Shepperton Studiosto enlarge facilities there. Pinewood Studios have also been adding sound stages and other facilities.


All exciting news for us here at the Templeheart Films HQ in Pinewood


In Memory Of Nathan O'Neil Smith.

30 November 2018

Nathan was a wonderful actor, a dream to work with and a loving father. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time.


The below link is, a wonderful video of Nathan, a collection of bloopers from months of auditions that he published himself on the 19thNovember 2018. Nathan, you will be sorely missed and we were all very glad to have known and worked with you.


Being Keegan Scores Again!

23 November 2018

When a tormented naval officer returns home to Liverpool, the city’s streets become a landscape for redemption and atonement as he is forced to confront his past. 


BEING KEEGAN is a psychological, coming of age short film spanning three decades in Liverpool. Starring BAFTA nominated Stephen Graham (JOURNEY'S END, THIS IS ENGLAND, BOARWALK EMPIRE, TABOO, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN) and a host of emerging Liverpool, UK talent. The film is Directed and Produced by award winning and BAFTA shortlisted filmmaker Stephanie Zari and Jennifer Monks and written by award winning playwright Jilly Gardiner.


It’s now a year since Being Keegan was first screened and the amount of industry support and recognition received is outstanding. Below is a list of film festival acceptances, awards and accolades to date, we have no doubt that we will be updating you further with even more good news. 





International Film Festival Wales, UK, 2018,WINNER – BEST SHORT FILM, BEST ACTOR

Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival, UK, 2018, WINNERBest International Short Drama

TMFF, UK, 2018, WINNER: Audience Award, Best Actor, Best Editor, Best Score, Best Cinematography (nomination)

IndieFlicks, UK, 2018, WINNER – Directors Choice Award



Underwire Film Festival, UK, 2018(BAFTA Qualifying), BEST DIRECTOR, BEST SCREENWRITER Nomination

Winchester Film Festival, UK, 2018, BEST BRITISH SHORT Nomination




Holly Shorts Film Festival, USA, 2018, Academy Award® Qualifying 

Norwich Film Festival, UK,2018 (BIFA Qualifying)

Cambridge Film Festival, UK, 2018 (BAFTA and BIFA Qualifying)


World FICTS Olympic Committee Championship of Television, Cinema, Sport and 

Matera Sports Film Festival, Italy, 2018

Liverpool International Film Festival, UK, 2018

Nottingham Film Festival, UK, 2018

FICSAM Mental Health Film Festival, Portugal, 2018

Bolton Film Festival, UK, 2018

Liverpool Independent Film Festival, UK, 2018

New York Lift Off, USA, 2018

Lighthouse International Film Festival, USA, 2018

Long Island International Film Expo, USA, 2018

BCN Sports Film Festival, Spain, 2018

Manchester Lift Off, UK, 2018

Shorts On Tap, UK, 2018

CinemaJam, UK

Pia Pressure New Voices Award

Indiewire’s Project of The Week

Merseyside Arts Foundation

Film Shortage Trailer and Campaign of The Week

Awardeo Trailer of The Week

Decibel Foundation Award

Screen Craft Short Film Project Shortlist