Economy Minister Edwina Hart last week visited the set of BBC One’s new adaptation of Lady Chatterley’s Lover in Bridgend to see how filming is progressing.
Lady Chatterley is a single episode feature length drama for BBC by Hartswood Films, which also makes the multi award winning Sherlock in Wales. Welsh Government support ensured that much of the filming is carried out in Wales, using local crew, cast and services, and providing work opportunities for around 150 freelancers.
The production is just one example of the flourishing creative industries sector in Wales. The set visit took place as Boom Pictures and Sequence, the first tenants of Gloworks, the Welsh Government’s new hub for the creative industries, were settling into their new home, which is 80% let. Elsewhere in Wales, filming on series such as Atlantis and da Vincis Demons is also currently taking place while Dr Who, filmed in Wales earlier this year, is pulling in millions of viewers on Saturday nights.
Statistics released recently show that the number of people working in the Creative Industries in Wales increased by 58% between 2005 and 2013 and now employs nearly 50,000 people. The growth in the industry in Wales outstrips that in the UK Creative Industries over the same period.
The figures also revealed that turnover across the sector has increased 11% between 2005 and 2013 and that, at £627, average gross full-time weekly earnings in the Creative Industries are well above the Welsh average. This reflects the highly skilled and qualified nature of the workforce, 64% of whom are qualified to NQF level 4 or above.
On her visit to the set Economy Minister Edwina Hart said:
"I am delighted Lady Chatterley is being filmed on location in Wales by Hartswood – a global name and a company who were very keen to harness the skills of the creative industries in Wales for their latest production. It is a boost of confidence that their experience of the expertise available from filming Sherlock here has led to them returning for Lady Chatterley's Lover.”
“The statistics published recently show that the Creative Industries are thriving in Wales. We are not resting on our laurels however, and attracting even more high-quality TV and film productions to Wales is an essential part of our strategy to grow the industry in Wales. We have had numerous international successes with da Vinci’s Demons, Atlantis, Doctor Who and Sherlock, to name a few, which are cementing Wales’s reputation as a major player for creative industries and we are working hard to capitalise on this.”