August 12, 2008

Scots Star’s Plea for Tax Breaks to Attract More Film-Makers


THE Hollywood actor Kevin McKidd has called for tax breaks for film-makers to encourage more movies to be made in the Highlands and Islands.

The Elgin-born star, now based in Los Angeles, was in his home town yesterday at a ceremony marking his appointment as patron of the Scottish Highlands and Islands Film Commission (SHIFC).

The actor, best known for his roles in the TV series Rome and the films Trainspotting and Made of Honor, has just started filming a series of the US TV drama Grey's Anatomy.

He said: "Tax incentives would make it much more attractive for film companies to shoot in the Highlands and Islands. I have been involved in a few Scottish productions shot in other countries because it was cheaper, when I wish they could have been shot here."

McKidd said he would use his SHIFC role for to raise awareness of what the Highlands and Islands has to offer to the film and TV industry.

The role of SHIFC is to encourage film and television-related activity by making it as simple and efficient as possible for companies from around the world to operate in the area.

McKidd was presented with a kilt in the SHIFC tartan, which he will wear in future to promote the commission.

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