The Scottish Parliament was the recent setting for the latest chapter of Paisley’s MSP George Adam’s quest to bring the national film studio to Paisley. In a recent debate on the film industry in Scotland, George made the case for the national film studio being located in Paisley. At present, the Scottish Government, Creative Scotland and Scottish Enterprise are working on plans to locate a national film studio in Scotland, with Janet Archer, chief executive of Creative Scotland recently telling MSP’s that there is “increasing confidence” that a national film studio will become a reality.
Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture recently stated that the “Scottish Government and our partners Creative Scotland and Scottish Enterprise, which form the film studio delivery group, are fully committed to finding the best way to ensure that a film studio is developed in Scotland”. Recognising what Paisley would have to offer as a location for the studio, George put Paisley forward as the leading lady to become the studio’s home.
Speaking on the national film studio, George said, “I recently spoke in a debate on the creative industries in Scotland, which film is a key part of. I made the case for Paisley being the ideal location for our national film studio. We have excellent transport links right on our doorstep with Scotland’s 4th busiest train station, the UK’s Airport of the Year 2015 and easy access to Scotland’s main motorway.
‘On top of excellent connectivity, we have buildings and culture which are second to no other town in our nation. The 850 year old abbey could play host to a whole range of period dramas or be a fantastic backdrop to a modern crime thriller. We even have a number of brownfield sites on the edges of our town which would be big enough to build a nation film studio on. Who knows, if the studio was built on the vacant land at the Phoenix in Ferguslie, we could get a ‘Feegiewood’ sign located up the Braes. You may think that I’m joking, but we need to be ambitious for our town and highlight what we have to offer.
‘If Paisley was to become the UK City of Culture in 2021, what would be more fitting that to build the nations home for film production. Although the decision on where to build the studio or when it will be built is still a way off, I will continue to make the case for Paisley as the idea location for Scotland’s National Film Studio.”