There have been some high profile releases of TV shows and films shot across Suffolk this year and there are more to come.

Screen Suffolk, a major film service in the county, are celebrating the big releases this year.

One of the company’s main roles is to represent and manage all council land and property, making them available for incoming productions, often using buildings such as Suffolk County Council’s Endeavour House as substitutes for London.

This was seen recently in ‘One Ranger’ as a hotel reception which included a major gunfight as part of the feature starring John Malcovitch.

East Anglian Daily Times: One Ranger scene filmed in Suffolk One Ranger scene filmed in Suffolk (Image: Screen Suffolk)

‘The Strays’, a horror thriller film, was shot in Lavenham and Kersey and was released on Netflix this year.

East Anglian Daily Times: A scene from The Strays being filmedA scene from The Strays being filmed (Image: Screen Suffolk)

Kersey was also used extensively in Magpie Murders, written by Suffolk based writer Anthony Horovitz, which appeared on BBC1 this spring.

Bollywood visited the county in 2022 and the action thriller film Gandeevadhari Arjuna, was released in the autumn of 2023 on Netflix.

East Anglian Daily Times: Gandeevadhari Arjuna being filmed in IpswichGandeevadhari Arjuna being filmed in Ipswich (Image: Screen Suffolk)

They were based mainly in Ipswich, using the town centre, the council chambers at Endeavour House, Ipswich Cemetery and Nacton Shore.

The Amazon production ‘The Power’ was released in January after they spent 5 months in a field in Bawdsey creating a massive set for the convent scenes.

In the show all teenage girls in the world suddenly and mysteriously develop a power that allows them to electrocute people.

This was Screen Suffolk’s largest incoming production to date and involved working with the production, parish councils and residents to ensure a smooth operation.

A documentary about Ed Sheeran filmed in Ipswich was also released this year.

In January ‘The Sum of it all’ a 4 part documentary was released on Disney+ and featured the now legendary gig on the Cornhill steps in Ipswich.

East Anglian Daily Times: Ed SheeranEd Sheeran (Image: Annie Leibovitz)

But 2023 has been difficult for the film industry because of the US writers strike and then the actors strike from May until October.

Operations and business development manager Jim Horsfield said:  We’re pleased to see that the Unions and Studios have come to an agreement covering the next three years and we expect that there will be a huge increase in filming from spring onwards in 2024.”

Screen Suffolk anticipate fewer releases in 2024 due to the strikes, but there are still films and TV to look forward to in the coming year.

Rick Stein visited Southwold during the summer for his series ‘Britain on a Plate’ and ‘Joy’ and based on the true story of the world’s first in vitro fertilisation baby starring Bill Nighy, James Norton, and Thomasin Mackenzie will be released on Netflix in 2024.