Rachel Aldridge of Screen Suffolk tells all about how the organisation’s goal of making Suffolk the most film-friendly county
Screen Suffolk is the official county-wide film office for Suffolk, contracted by and representing all Suffolk district councils and the County Council. We are the central point of contact for anyone looking to film in Suffolk, and we now issue permits on behalf of the councils. Primarily, we handle filming in public space – council owned land and property – but we also have agreements with a number of organisations, such as the National Trust, and manage filming at private properties in Suffolk registered with us too. We have over a decade of experience at managing filming and our approach is very much to aim for win/win outcomes; resident engagement is really important to us, as is protecting the locations we manage and ensuring they are used in a sustainable way.
Four years after launching to the industry, Suffolk’s one-stop film service Screen Suffolk has seen a great increase in interest in the county, and there is no doubt that momentum is building around screen industries across the county.
Screen industries can bring significant direct and indirect benefits to a region. Screen Suffolk’s mission is to make Suffolk the most film-friendly county in the UK, and we’re already well on our way to achieving this.
Many in the county have already registered as crew which you can do via our website. We are also encouraging other sectors to think creatively about how they can engage with the film industry. From offering preferred accommodation rates to film-makers in low season, to making car parks available for film units, there are many ways that businesses and organisations can contribute and benefit.
Since our launch we have attracted feature films such as Richard Curtis and Danny Boyle’s ‘Yesterday’, Armando Lanucci’s ‘The Personal History of David Copperfield’ and more recently ‘The Dig’ starring Suffolk-born Ralph Fiennes.
The Dig used numerous locations across Suffolk from Butley Ferry, Boyton Marsh, Snape Maltings and Aldeburgh beach. It was a pleasure to be a part of the filming and the buzz around the film afterwards.
Screen Suffolk, manage filming and photography at all council-owned locations across Suffolk and have over 500 locations on our books. These range from council owned parks and beaches to private houses, businesses, and manor houses. We have agreements in place with many landowners in the county, so in terms of locations we can tick most boxes!
We are always looking for more locations, we have such a broad range from boat yards, hairdressers, riding stables, manor houses and many more. If you would like to register your property, then please get in touch.
To register with Screen Suffolk, visit www.screensuffolk.com/locations
Picture shows: The Dig: Ralph Fiennes as Basil Brown. Cr. Larry Horricks/Netflix © 2021