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Boris puts £5m in kitty for new London film centre

PUBLISHED: 08:00 20 October 2009 | UPDATED: 15:05 05 October 2010

BORIS Johnson is putting £5 million in the kitty towards the proposed British movie industry's National Film centre in London. The Mayor has also welcomed the Government's pledge to support the project.

BORIS Johnson is putting £5 million in the kitty towards the proposed British movie industry's National Film centre in London.

The Mayor has also welcomed the Government's pledge to support the project.

"It is vital to continue funding the industry during this challenging economic climate," he said.

"We will provide the cash towards developing this long-needed centre, which will serve film buffs as well as making sure the industry remains at the vanguard of films, past, present and future.

"The industry's archive, library and new digital activities are second to none."

The Mayor is also backing the 53rd London Film Festival and attend the UK premiere last night (Monday) of Bright Star, starring Ben Whishaw and Abbie Cornish, the story of poet John Keats's love for Fanny Brawne.

It was shot in London, one of the top three filmmaking cities in the world with three-quarters of the UK's filmmaking activity, contributing more than £13 billion a year to the economy.

The National Film centre project is at the centre the Southbank's rejuvenation by the London Development Agency.

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