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U.K. opens The Bottle Yard studio

Winery, bottling plant converted into large film and TV facility

Fresh off the back of Warner Bros.’ acquisition of Leavesden Studios in Blighty, a new film and television studio has opened in Bristol, in southwest England, dubbed The Bottle Yard.

The 300,000 square foot studio will be the largest production facility in the region and aims to attract local and international projects.

Site, which has operated for more than 50 years as a winery and bottling plant, offers a variety of adaptable internal spaces, workshop areas, offices, private roadways, storage and locations.

The initiative is backed by South West Regional Development Agency and Bristol City Council, and is managed and promoted by U.K. regional agency South West Screen.

Alistair Siddons’ “The Dark Half,” the first of three films to be made under South West Screen’s digital filmmaking scheme iFeatures, is the first feature to lense at the new facility.

The Bottle Yard has also hosted BBC TV productions “Excluded” and “Five Daughters.”

Bristol is home to major TV productions: Channel 4’s “Skins,” BBC’s “Casualty” and “Mistresses” all lense in the region while features that have shot in the southwest include Steven Spielberg’s upcoming “War Horse,” Mark Romanek’s “Never Let Me Go,” Stephen Frears’ “Tamara Drewe” and Working Title’s “Pirate Radio,” helmed by Richard Curtis.

Last year, South West Screen registered more than 1,600 filming days in the area. Nearly $100 million of investment is brought into the region from film and TV production annually.