BRACKNELL has started to see more interest from film crews since the launch of the Berkshire Film Office (BFO).

Six local authorities including Bracknell Forest Council (BFC) signed up to the BFO, which officially launched in March, in a bid to make green spaces and urban areas more accessible for film crews.

And council officer Lisa Jewell suggested legendary film group Pinewood Studios has a keen eye on the borough’s potential filming locations.

She said: “We are already starting to have some interest in our locations and we had some interest from Pinewood recently.

“We are competing against the other local authorities but we are working with these teams to build our commercial experience and skills. We want to try and encourage the film sets to come to our locations.”

According to BFO’s website, there are currently six featured locations within Bracknell which might interest film crews.

These sites range from countryside settings at Pope’s Meadow and Shepherd Meadows to beloved Bracknell parks South Hill Park, Lily Hill Park and Westmorland Park, to town centre location Station Green.

Five other Berkshire local authorities are all signed up to the Berkshire Film Office too, which was set up in September 2018 by not-for-profit company Resource Productions.

The aim of the BFO, according to a council report, is to be a “one-stop shop encouraging film companies, television and smaller film or photography enterprises, to do business with the council or in the local area.”

Councillor Gill Birch suggested BFC works with Bracknell Town Council to market its locations together, while councillor Dorothy Hayes advised the council’s officers to look at the possibility of encouraging film crews to set up at LaplandUK.

The winter wonderland comes to the borough every winter and Cllr Hayes claimed it could be “promoted more” after suggesting film crews have previously expressed an interest filming at the site after it closes on December 24.

She added: “This might lead to the possibility of showing Bracknell and its diversity.

“It’s about getting the word out that Bracknell Forest is not just buildings, we have lots of trees too.”