Bristol commences UNESCO city of film status 

'Bristol Res' Blog • 08 February 2018

Last week saw Bristol officially launched as a UNESCO city of film.  Having been awarded the status in November the title is now in full effect. Created in 2004, the UNESCO Creative Cities Network is a network of cities working together towards a common mission for cultural diversity and sustainable urban development. The Creative Cities Network is currently formed by 180 Members from 72 countries covering seven creative fields: Crafts & Folk Art, Design, Film, Gastronomy, Literature, Music and Media Arts. The film category is one of its most exclusive with only 12 other cities including the likes of Sydney, Rome & Sofia making the list. 

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said “This is fantastic news and a ringing endorsement of Bristol’s position as a world leader in film production, education and training. Our reputation as a diverse and creative city has long helped to attract productions and talent across film, TV drama, animation and of course natural history. I hope this recognition will be a catalyst for bigger opportunities for the city and Bristolians to showcase Bristol as a centre for film”

With 10 cinemas, several major film studios, and two major universities providing 28 film-related degrees across the city, there is a wealth of opportunity for film creators and lovers in the city.

Already home to the Bottle Yard Studios with its production of Poldark, Broadchurch and Sherlock amongst many others; BBC Bristol and it’s world renowned Natural History Unit, and Aardman Animations, the creators of cultural phenomenons such as Wallace & Gromit it is hoped this award will shine a spotlight on the city.  With our two universities playing their part and offering 28 film related degrees there is a wealth of opportunity for film creators to bring even more creativity and employment to Bristol. 

Work begins at Westmoreland House

The long-awaited demolition of one of Bristol’s most prominent eyesores has moved a step closer after contractors moved heavy-duty demolition equipment onto the Westmoreland House site in Stoke Croft this week..

Its arrival has sparked excitement among members of the Carriageworks Action Group (CAG), who have campaigned for a developer to take on the space since 2011.  Now, after seven years of trying, chair Lori Streich said the group’s main objective had been realised.

“It’s exciting,” she said. “What this does is give us confidence that this development is finally going to happen.
“The actual demolition won’t be taking place for at least another few weeks but now they are doing the preparation works and getting the site ready. CAG was set up in 2011 after previous developments fell through. We have pushed to make this happen and now we’ve succeeded.”

The long and chequered history of attempts to develop both the Carriageworks and Westmoreland House, either separately or together, have kept local residents and businesses engaged for years.Bristol-based PG Group are behind the new scheme, which will see Westmoreland House demolished and the Carriageworks re-developed into 112 homes and business units.