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“Britain’s Thames Valley is a centre for film and television production. It has a long tradition of filmmaking, with world class studios such as Pinewood, together with beautiful and varied locations all within easy reach of London and Heathrow Airport. A large number of crew and facilities are based in the region, contributing to the overall strength of the creative sector, which is a significant employer in the South East of England.”


Gareth Neame, Executive Producer of Downton Abbey and MD of Carnival Films

Film in the Thames Valley

Pinewood Studios

The Pinewood Group is a truly global centre of excellence, with studios in Los Angeles, New York and Atlanta, as well as 5 other locations around the world. Its home and headquarters, however, is situated in Buckinghamshire in the Thames Valley; a very short distance from Heathrow Airport and benefiting from excellent connectivity to London.

Home to iconic brands such as James Bond 007 and Star Wars, and with 20 stages, over 22 acres of backlots and workshops to deliver world-class creative output, Pinewood is truly the place to be.

It has been described as the only place in the world where you can enter with a script and leave with a finished film – as every aspect of the work can be completed on site. The facility hosts many creative companies who rent space just to be co-locational with a cluster of film-related businesses.


Another leading player within the Thames Valley is Vicon, a Denver-based business whose main premises, outside of the United States of America, is Oxford. Their work on motion capture products and services has led them to win an Academy Award and an Emmy, as well as several Queen’s Awards for Export and Innovation.

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Audiomotion Studios

Also situated in Oxford are Audiomotion Studios; Europe’s leading performance capture service provider. The company uses 160 Vicon cameras in their 24m x 12m studio, meaning that they have the largest capture volume in the continent.

Ex Cantibus Gaudium 

Run by multi award-winning composer Robert Hartshorne, Ex Cantibus Gaudium provide compositions for TV, corporate, commercials, film and theatre.

Worth £1.4 billion to the UK, the Government is investing heavily in supporting the film industry through various funding mechanisms.

See a show-reel of the UK film industry in this video from the Department for International Trade, featuring some of the Thames Valley’s fantastic assets.