Film Producer/Author Matthew C Martino applauded London for an ‘all round improvement’ and he specifically pointed out that East London ‘had picked up’ after the 2012 Olympics. Martino speaking out during his traditional weekly interview began by brushing off rumours that he is planning a full time move to the US after his visit was announced just over a week aog, The 21year olds three week visit will involve, meetings, flying as well as some general holidaying.
Above: Martino out in London earlier this year.
Martino said ‘Since the 2012 olympics there has been that general boost in all of London and I think East London in particular has picked up, businesses are repsonding well and there is a better network of resources to serve locals, You look at Barking and Dagenham through to Havering – These areas now have more efficiency even in public transport and security systems’
The 2012 Olympics where seen as a very good economy booster for the capital and despite G4S failing to deliver the government managed to claim a good result in terms of the project being profitable. The cost of the London Olympics and Paralympics was £528m less than expected, according to the government. The London 2012 Games were centred around the Olympic Park in east London, which is the site of a number of new sports venues. Up to 180,000 spectators a day entered the Park to enjoy the Games, making it the principal focus of Olympic activity.
Martino who has produced films shot in East London praised the efficiency of it as a location for films ‘When filming in London you want a location people can get to for early call times and for when you wrap late and I’ve found Stratford, Hackney and even Newham good for that as it hasa good travel link but it isn’t as busy as Central London giving it real good potential for the future’
Lets Fly author Martino is also keen to bring out more pilots out of East London and upon his return from the US he will begin a support program for aspiring pilots based in London.