Landmark & Views

Film City Glasgow

Scotland / Europe

Film City Glasgow is Scotland’s leading film and television production facility, housed in the former Govan Town Hall, a building which survives from the days when Glasgow gloried in its shipbuilding industry. It was designed in the Beaux Arts style of Paris, by the architects, Thomson and Sandilands, in 1887 and completed by 1899. It was the film producer, Gillian Berrie, who conceived the idea of creating a Film City in Glasgow. The co-founder of Sigma Films, she was inspired by a trip to a film studio outside Hvidore, in Denmark, called Zentroba’s Filmbyen in 2000. Glasgow’s filmakers lacked a production base for their own and visiting film companies. They used derelict buildings when they could find them, but many of these were being pulled down. A favourite location was Govan Town Hall, an empty council building, sometimes used for film locations. Gillian Berrie saw that it would be an ideal base for a Film City. Film City Glasgow was formed as a limited company and they raised £3.5 million to redevelop the building. They installed the Dolby theatre and state-of-the-art post-production facilities. The upper hall became a production office for Sigma Films, who moved there in 2004. The building is now occupied by a number of film, video and production offices and offers magnificent film locations with its gallery, staircase and chamber.

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