THE new chairman of Creative Scotland has said he is fully committed to the creation of the country’s first permanent film studio, despite industry anger over a lack of action on the project.
Richard Findlay, a former chairman of STV, said he also believed there were “legitimate concerns” about the current state of the screen sector in Scotland, which critics believe lags way behind other European countries.
He said he would be making a case to the Scottish Government for extra backing for the culture sector because of its importance to the economy and efforts to attract inward investment.
Mr Findlay said: “We have a lot of indigenous talent here and people who want to live and work in Scotland permanently. We can do more for ourselves in Scotland and that’s what the discussions about a film studio are all about.
“It is a facility that Scotland needs. We have the outdoor facility, we have the most incredible scenery here, but we’ve not got the indoor facility. For large-scale productions, that’s exactly what the country needs to attract business to Scotland, but also to assist the indigenous production sector.”
His comments came as Scotland’s leading film producers said Creative Scotland and Scottish Enterprise should be stripped of responsibility for the crisis-hit industry.
They told MSPs that Scotland needed its own dedicated screen agency.