Generous tax breaks make the UK a cost-effective option for filmmakers. But it's the unarguable talent - and their embrace of technology - that has made London a sure-fire guarantee of quality.
There's a crumpled old lady, taking the late afternoon air on the steps at the entrance to the abandoned mansion. 85 rupees to show us round, she says. That's about £1.50, and, as with the temples we've visited over the last weeks, we must take off our shoes and leave them at the entrance.
In this high-concept teen movie, Mae Whitman is Bianca, an apparently smart high school girl who just happens to have two "hot babes" as best friends. She is oblivious to her status as designated ugly fat friend (the Duff in question) until this fact is helpfully pointed out by her hottie jock neighbour, Wesley (played by Robbie Amell).
The first act While We're Young, the new movie from Noah Baumbach, rings so true, it was like having my head stuck in a bell tower with a group of over enthusiastic campanologists.
A quote from Ibsen's 'The Master Builder' opens writer-director Noah Baumbach's sharp and funny take on ageing, ambition and success.
I was clearly never cut out to be a critic, but I'm fascinated by the process even to this day. In particular, I'm interested in what makes their opinions 'different' from those public ones to which the internet has given a voice.
Independent filmmakers strive to retain creative control, to produce the film they passionately want to make. Arguably loss of this control will always be the result of money clashing with creativity, both pulling in their own directions.
The latest chapter in the Divergent series is a film of two halves. The first has all the appeal of wandering around one of those abandoned concrete-filled cities due for demolition.
I saw a kid on his mobile, walking. He looked relaxed, like he owned his environment. It was his walk that attracted me. A slight swagger. Youth. I stopped him and explained I was casting for a film. He was intrigued and told me he was busy now. But, I could meet him that night.
Neither the British Council nor the British Film Institute are campaigning organisations but we both believe in the power of film and culture to promote positive social change. fiveFilms4freedom is a celebration of the UK's cutting-edge film industry and of BFI Flare's pioneering role in promoting gay rights around the world supporting freedom and equality everywhere.
The recent news of a London cinema solely dedicated to screening documentaries seven days a week was music to my ears. The Curzon Bloomsbury formerly known as The Renoir Cinema will be the home of Bertha DocHouse - a new centre for documentary film as of March 27th.
Today marks the release of the next chapter in the Divergent franchise. I have no shame admitting I'm a fan of Veronica Roth's trilogy. Sure, it's aimed at a slightly younger demographic, but the unusual concept and exciting plot twists make the books real page-turners.
I have been to many film festivals but this is my first outing to SXSW. I'm here because there are two films supported by Creative England in the festival.
That due to a lack of opportunity in their home countries, black British actors and other creative talent are finding success - and meatier roles in the states is not new news. Whilst we have numerous organisations trying to redress the balance like MOBO, Screen Nation Awards and the Asian Awards, things are slow to change.
It's easy to see why we're still enjoying the tale of Fraulein Maria and Captain von Trapp and his unruly brood half a century after its debut. Cosy and corny as it may be, the film touches on all the timeless biggies: identity, belonging, desire versus duty, good versus evil and age versus youth.
In 2013, I self-distributed my movie Papadopoulos & Sons into theatres with a print and advertising budget of just £40,000. The film achieved the second highest screen average in its opening weekend, beaten only by Oblivion with Tom Cruise. These are my top 10 tips for indie filmmakers also considering self-distribution.