Fears ‘cut’ could be called on film unit are quashed

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FEARS that cuts are being made to the film liaison unit which promotes Eastbourne locations to film and television companies have been quashed.

Eastbourne Borough Council this week denied it was cutting back on the Film Liaison Unit. There was concern the unit would be watered down after redundancies were announced. The unit has been hailed a great success after scenes from films including Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire, Notes on a Scandal, Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging, Pearl Harbour, and Atonement were filmed in the town.

And last month the unit was personally praised for its “outstanding” service by Rowan Joffe, the director of the remake of Brighton Rock, at a gala preview in Eastbourne along with officials at Screen South, which supports film and media in the south east.

A spokesperson for the council said this week, “Eastbourne Borough Council is not cutting back on the film liaison service and any suggestion to the contrary is completely untrue.The film liaison service is one of many tourism marketing functions and will remain so for the long term.

“The council is currently producing a map of the many locations used in the town by film and TV companies.

“This step was one part of a wider strategy to increase the profile of the town with film location managers, including a recent presentation to 200 film location managers in London.”