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London was ready for its next Getty kidnapping close-up

12th September 2018
Hilary Swank as Gail Getty: Haringey Civic Centre (C) TRUST

Starting tonight on BBC2, the series Trust takes yet another look at the 1970s kidnapping of John Paul Getty III, grandson of John Paul I. It comes not long after Ridley Scott’s movie All the Money in the World did pretty much the same thing – albeit with a different spin.

While the Ridley Scott film sticks closely to John Paul Getty III’s own version of events, the TV drama explores the rumours, never proven, that the teenager was involved in his own kidnapping to get at some of his grandfather’s money. The 10-part drama filmed in Rome, where the 17-year-old was kidnapped by a mafia gang, as well as London. John Paul Getty I famously lived for 17 years just outside of London in the Tudor manor Sutton Place, Surrey.

Haringey’s Civic Centre was turned into the American embassy in London for the series.

Seventy cast and crew spent a day in December last year filming the sequences. The production made a very generous donation to local mental health charity Mind, by way of thanks.

FilmFixer director Karen Everett adds, “The Civic Centre was perfect for the role, doubling as the old US embassy in Grosvenor Square. Hilary Swank as Gail Getty is demanding help to have her son found and released.

“Other scenes were also filmed at a Peabody home on Stoke Newington Church Street in Haringey. Peabody Estates are private clients of FilmFixer.

“A home in Stanhope Gardens was used for interiors in Haringey.

“And a flat in Hampstead’s Tanza Road in Camden also provided interiors.”

The big production stars Donald Sutherland, Hilary Swank, Harris Dickinson and Brendan Frazer. Oscar winner Danny Boyle is the executive producer.

Take a look at the trailer here.