Fantastic Beasts 2

Fantastic Beasts 2

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is the second of the film trilogy, penned by JK Rowling, and it’s opening on November 16th (November 8th in Paris).

Set in Paris and the UK, some of the key location shoots were in London over a six month-period, facilitated by FilmFixer for our client boroughs, although the location and studio-shot footage is often interspersed, both with plenty of CGI thrown in. Here’s the trailer.

Already in the trailer Lambeth Bridge is recognisable, where Jude Law as Dumbledore tries to talk Eddie Redmayne (Newt Scamander), into helping out, saying, “I can’t move against Grindelwald, it has to be you.”

Eddie Redmayne and Callum Turner, as his brother in the film Theseus Scamander, are seen performing magic in some high stakes action at Highgate Cemetery, on the borders of Camden, Haringey and Islington.

Newt Scamander’s home is set in St Mary’s Gardens in Lambeth – making it an important continuity location.

FilmFixer manages the film office service for 16 of London’s 33 boroughs including Islington, Lambeth, Camden and Haringey. FilmFixer CEO Karen Everett says, “This is one of the biggest films that shot in London opening this year, and the production made a point of ensuring its impact was as positive as possible.

“The production was extraordinarily generous with donations to local charities near its London locations and gave local young people a career boost with life-changing work experience opportunities.

“Despite the Hollywood scale of this production, the team went to incredible lengths to fit into the communities where it filmed and to minimise any disruption.

“Two trainees were taken on for work experience for four days during the filming in St Mary’s Gardens, Lambeth, from the local programme Creative Sparkworks.

“For local trainees Omar Dick and Robin Barrett, exposure to a production of this scale was a real shot in the arm for their careers, as employers are always looking for as many high-profile film credits as possible.

“It was hard work but Robin said afterwards the range of tasks had given him a good grounding in how the locations department operates, adding that the team at Triton Films was so friendly it was a pleasure working for them and he really felt like part of the team.

“The filming involved 150 cast and crew over two days in November with a couple of extra days for preparation beforehand and returning the square to its former self afterwards.

“The film is set in the 1920s, so road markings and modern signs had to be covered, and modern cars were moved. Locals’ cars were moved to the Imperial War Museum car park and a free 24 hour shuttle bus between there and St Mary’s Gardens was provided. Lighting rigs went up and a rain machine was brought in.

“Local residents and businesses were compensated directly for any disruption the shoot caused them. Some of the local organisations involved included: The Walcot Foundation, the Anonymous Resident Association that includes other non-Walcot Residents in local events such as picnics, The Ship Pub, which accommodated crew as a dining area, JOY, for accommodating the cast in green rooms, Roots & Shoots – which accommodated extras for costume, make-up and dining; Archbishop Sumner School, which allowed the use of their car park on Oakden Street; a donation to Bright Centres; a donation to Ethelred Nursery; and a donation to The Community Care Centre for letting the production store bins on their property.

“The production recognised they were guests in the neighbourhood and committed to minimise disruption as much as possible.

“St Mary’s Gardens is getting used to celebrity guests, after Daniel Day-Lewis filmed some Phantom Thread scenes there in April 2017.

“None of the stars were at the location filming on Lambeth Bridge or Albert Embankment. Cast doubles were used on the bridge. The locations were LIDAR scanned and added into the film in post-production, around the real stars who’d filmed the scenes in the studio. The Albert Embankment filming took place in July and Lambeth Bridge filming in October. A donation was made to the Lambeth High Street Residents Association.

“Across in north London, 200 cast and crew filmed at Highgate Cemetery from October 16th to October 21st last year. This filming involved, ‘four cast members, 60 extras and a magical creature’. Certainly, as we’ve said, Eddie Redmayne and Callum Turner are in those scenes.

“The West Cemetery at Highgate is an incredible location and looks marvellous even in the trailer, with its Victorian Gothic Terrace Catacombs, Egyptian Avenue and the Circle of Lebanon easy to spot.

“The cemetery is a private location, we provided support in making Swain’s Lane available for tech parking and permitting a marquee in Waterlow Park for dining and somewhere the crew and actors could rest.

“Extremely generous donations were made to the Highgate Newtown Community Centre, Clean Break theatre company that supports women on stage, in prison and in the community, The Fresh Youth Academy and Friends of Waterlow Park.

“We really admire the production’s support for these charities that tackle some of the more complex social issues in the community.

“In Islington we facilitated parking for 300 cast and crew filming in the City around Lothbury. We believe these scenes included the Circus Arcanus, however, it has to be said, despite the size of this production, the huge numbers of cast and crew, it managed to keep a lid on almost all aspects of the plot during the location filming.

“As Londoners we are incredibly proud that the capital plays a key role in the film. We also have a great deal of respect for a production that was able to ensure Londoners felt so welcome to benefit directly from this huge production.”

Little Drummer Girl

We’re preparing to be gripped by Alexander Skarsgard and Florence Pugh in the BBC’s new Le Carre thriller Little Drummer Girl, starting Sunday October 28th on BBC One. Here’s the trailer.

Residents around Camden, Haringey and Islington have already had the pleasure, as the series filmed around their neighbourhoods in February and March this year.

Set in 1979, Charlie (Florence Pugh), is an actress performing in pub theatres and struggling to land a breakthrough part. An anonymous benefactor sends her theatre troupe on a rehearsal jaunt to Greece. During the working holiday, she meets Skarsgard and is lured into an international espionage operation.

FilmFixer manages the film office service for Camden, Haringey and Islington. FilmFixer CEO Karen Everett reveals where some of the filming took place: “A private location in Islington’s Oakley Road was used as Charlie’s flat, a punk-like squat where she entertains her theatre friends, and where, without her knowledge, spies are rifling through her belongings.

“Bevin Court in Islington on Holford Street was used as the home of Becker (Alexander Skarsgard). Among the production’s requirements was a prop telephone box, from which a character called Daniel, watches Becker and Charlie as they arrive. The couple head up to a sixth floor flat, with a view west toward the BT Tower.

“One hundred cast and crew filmed inside a home on Amwell Street in Islington, used as the safe house of characters Helga and Rossino.

“Over in Camden on the beautifully brutalist Alexandra & Ainsworth Estate, a particular exterior on Rowley Way was described as a key match, an authentic looking location for the Munich Olympic Village. The lead actors visit a plaque there, commemorating the 1972 massacre of Israel’s Olympic team and police officers.

“A very generous donation was made to residents through the tenants and residents association. In a letter, the production said, ‘We would like to thank all residents and local businesses. The film and TV industry relies heavily on the goodwill of people in the areas we film. We are very grateful for this continued support.’

“Also in Camden, a great deal of action was filmed at University College London, a private location on Bedford Way in Camden, over three days.

“Driving to Becker’s place took Alexander Skarsgard and Florence Pugh from Finsbury Park in Haringey through local streets. The park itself doubled as the outskirts of London, as Florence Pugh playing Charlie rides around on a bus, empty except for one other passenger, and she’s not sure he is a good guy or working for the other side. Nervously, she plays with the thread of the bracelet at the cuff of her jacket.

“The Mildmay Club in Hackney’s Stoke Newington was used as a pub theatre location, around which FilmFixer arranged parking on behalf of Islington Council for the production.

“For filming in the City of London’s Golden Lane Estates garages, FilmFixer arranged parking nearby as well.”

Doing Money filmed for BBC Two

On anti-slavery day: Doing Money filmed for BBC Two is about a woman snatched in broad daylight in North London

An important BBC Two drama, to be broadcast soon, filmed some exterior scenes in Barnet. Doing Money is the true story of a young woman snatched in broad daylight in Wood Green, North London, and sold into slavery as a prostitute in Ireland.

The 90-minute drama is expected to be broadcast in early November.

Writer Gwyneth Hughes says: “I’ve been deeply affected by listening to Ana’s unforgettable story. I’ve learned a lot from her – a lot I wish I didn’t know – about the lives of women bought and sold into modern slavery. But I’ve also been moved by her courage, her humour, and her will to survive. She is a true heroine.”

FilmFixer manages the film office service for Barnet Council. FilmFixer CEO Karen Everett says, “This film gives a vital voice to the unacceptable number of invisible women suffering appalling injuries and mental trauma, and we’re glad Barnet was able to help in a small way.

“Ana had studied nursing and psychology before moving to London for further studies. She was kidnapped and immediately flown to Ireland where she was sold for 30,000 euros to a brothel near Galway.

“The BBC Two drama stars Anca Dumitra as Ana who was filmed walking past Burnt Oak station on Watling Avenue, boarding a double decker bus at Burnt Oak Broadway and alighting from a bus at Lullington Garth.

“The three scenes were filmed by 20 cast and crew in July this year.”

Beaten, starved, kept naked and moved to different apartments and hotel rooms every few days, Ana and other victims earned hundreds of thousands of euros for their captors. But in November 2011 she learned they were planning to sell her to an operation in Dubai. The asking price was one million dollars.

Terrified that Dubai would be a death sentence, Ana found the courage to escape and ran to an Ulster drugs baron who had once offered to help her.

There’s more about her story here and here.

Central and outer London boroughs had roles in Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody

Locations across London’s inner and outer boroughs were called on for Bohemian Rhapsody, a biopic about one of the capital’s favourite sons, Freddie Mercury. Some doubled as Mercury’s renowned London haunts and others as New York or Amsterdam. Many of them can be glimpsed already in the trailer. The film opens in the UK on October 24th.

FilmFixer manages the film office service for many of the London councils that helped out with locations in Bromley, Haringey, Lewisham, Southwark, Kingston, Hounslow, and on the Union Canal in Rickmansworth.

FilmFixer CEO Karen Everett says, “As expected, many of the residents the production came across were big fans of the band, and happy that the film was being made in their neighbourhood.

“The production itself did a great job at getting to know residents and making donations to local residents’ groups to thank them.

“In Bromley, the cast and crew had their photo taken with local fire fighters at Norman Park, during filming in October last year.

“Bromley’s Old Town Hall was put to work as Ealing Art College, which Freddie Mercury attended, and where the band gigged. It looks great in the trailer. It also plays the surgery of Freddie Mercury’s doctor.

“In Camden the production filmed band rehearsals in Air Studios on Lyndhurst Road and made a donation to the Christmas fund for the sheltered housing scheme on Waterhouse Close

“Union Street in Southwark doubled as New York. In the trailer you can see Freddie Mercury has thrown his manager out of the limo there.

“In Redcross Way in Southwark, the shoe shop Cobbler’s Nest was turned into a record shop in Amerstam – where Freddie Mercury learns his solo album isn’t doing well.

“A home on Malyons Road in Ladywell, Lewisham, which you can also see in the trailer, plays the Feltham home in West London that Freddie grew up in, in the 70s. The production made a donation to local charity For Jimmy.

“A private location on Ashcombe Avenue in Surbiton, Kingston plays the famous Kensington home of Freddie Mercury, Garden Lodge, which he left to Mary Austin. Lots of engagement with residents was important here, as filming took place over seven days, with up 100 extras for some of the party scenes.

“The back of Garden Lodge is played by Shere House car park off Trinity Street in Southwark

“Hornsey Old Town Hall in Haringey saw a lot of scenes. One of our favourites, which you can see in the trailer, is where Mike Myers as Ray Foster at EMI records says, ‘Mark these words: No one will play Queen,’ and ‘It goes on forever, six bloody minutes.’ To which Rami Malek as Mercury says, ‘I pity your wife if you think six minutes is forever.’

“You see the band leaving Foster’s office unhappily, in the forecourt of the Old Town Hall, by the fountain, looking up at Mike Myers’ window.

“In another scene there, manager Jim Beach played by Tom Hollander, is saying, ‘Fortune favours the bold.’

“And there’s another where Freddie visits Mary Austin, who became his girlfriend, at Biba clothing boutique.

“The production worked really well with local residents in Hatherley Gardens, as well as showing just how versatile Hornsey’s Old Town Hall can be.

“In Hounslow, there’s a crowd of 100 inside The Griffin pub on Brook Road South, crammed in to watch the Live Aid broadcast on TV in the 1980s.

“And Mafeking Avenue on Brentford is empty, except that through the open windows of the homes, the sound of Live Aid can be heard blaring out.

“In Rickmansworth, a lovely sunset scene was filmed at Stockers Lock on the towpath along the Grand Union Canal. We organised this permitting on behalf of our client the Canal River Trust.”

Southborough Residents Association in Kingston, McMillan Cancer Trust, street party organisers for Hounslow residents, Friends of Norman Park and Norman Park Athletics Track in Bromley, and Bankside Residents Forum in Southwark all also received community donations, as a thank you from the filmmaker.

Freddie Mercury’s parents were Parsis, Indians of Persian extraction, who followed Zoroastrianism. They arrived in London after fleeing the revolution in Zanzibar in 1964.

London neighbours got involved in spy thriller: BBC One’s Informer

The BBC’s new character-driven thriller centres around Raza, an everyday, young second generation British-Pakistani man from London who is coerced into informing on his friends, neighbours and members of his community.

Neal Street Productions, who make Informer, did a fantastic job of involving neighbours in the filming process – with around 70 residents at Thamesmead in Bexley offered roles in front of and behind the cameras.

It stars Paddy Considine as Gabe a counter-terrorism offer who recruits Nabhaan Rizwan, playing Raza as an informer. Take a look at the trailer here.

The series will air on BBC One on 16th October at 9pm.

FilmFixer manages the film office service for Peabody Estates, which looks after Thamesmead. We also run the film office service for Bexley, Bromley, Lambeth, Lewisham, Southwark, Islington and Kingston Councils – all of which hosted filming for the series.

FilmFixer CEO Karen Everett says, “The production worked so well with Thamesmead residents that they opened their doors to allow cables to be plugged in, if need be, or have cast and crew use their place as a green room, and made all sorts of other offers to help.

“Producer Julian Stevens is heading back to Thamesmead to give a special free preview screening of the show, and a talk. Everyone who took part in the local filming, the local culture group, young ambassadors group, and other residents have been invited along. We’re really grateful to Julian and director Jonny Campbell for this and all their positive engagement.”

Julian and Karen spoke a little about resident engagement during filming on the estate in January this year. Take a look here.

Karen Everett continues, “We had about 20 locals as extras in the show, a local young person helped out with stunt ideas, it was great.”

Peabody’s Cultural Programme Coordinator for Thamesmead Lisa Drew added, “Thamesmead is celebrating its 50th birthday this year and has a rich history of filming. It was the main filming location for Misfits, and most recently featured in Sam Smith’s music video and the current PUMA fashion ad. We get a lot of filming requests and for us it is important that residents are welcomed in to the process – invited to take part in filming going on at their doorstep. This becomes a great opportunity to put their interest in film and TV into practice. We were delighted that this production was so open to including Thamesmead locals. Furthermore the production also helped us establish the 50th community fund, a fund that is made up of all filming fees made through filming in Thamesmead. It is for local people to help fund community projects. For more information.

Of the filming, producer Julian Stevens has said, “The story being set in London was one of the key things that appealed to me… I wanted to see my city shown in a way that it often isn’t… the less sexy, less glamorous locations go unnoticed. It’s in those hidden corners and in the shadows that this story comes alive. There are all shades of life, joy and happiness happening in London and we had a chance to go into those places and tell a compelling story. London’s a unique city, it has people from all walks of life, all cultures, all races and I think this show does too.

“It’s a big city to get around, it’s congested and noisy and not cheap but our team rose to the challenge… It helped that we had knowledge of the challenges that London can present. We filmed in quite dense housing areas where there are a lot of people who don’t want to be disturbed. We reached out to locals early on to try to and involve them. We sat down with residents from Thamesmead in South East London and listened to their concerns. They didn’t want to be taken for granted and wanted to be engaged in the process. We came out of that with some brilliant supporting artists and really friendly local residents who let us use their houses as holding and rest areas.

“… It’s also interesting to see Raza’s character going to the hipster flat in episode one and interviewing for a loft in a place that he’s been living in his entire life. These people have only been living there for a couple of years and the scenario is quite common to London now. People come in and make an area their own but that in turn pushes people out. Raza moves through those worlds and adapts himself to them every day. He rubs shoulders with members of his local communities and the newcomers.”

Karen Everett continues, “On Thamemead some of the most dramatic scenes were filmed but we don’t want to give anything away. Less dramatic scenes include Jin getting up and heading to work, Akash fixing his car by the garages, and Nasir and David meeting.

“Scenes on the fictional estate were shot across a range of locations including the Silverlock in Southwark as well as Thamesmead.

“Peckham residents welcomed the production into Birch Close and there was a generous donation to the Atwell Estate tenants and residents association by way of thanks. These were tense scenes involving the surveillance of suspected terrorists and later a raid involving ambulance and police cars.

“Still In Southwark, there’s a scene in the clothes shop Traid on Rye Lane where a couple of characters are trying on clothes. The K-I salon on Rye Lane features, and they filmed along the Thames Path by Greenland Surrey Quays Pier.

“The yard at Floyds Builders Merchants on Ilderton Road in Southwark was used.

“There’s a big scene at Nunhead Cemetery set among rows of modest tombstones where a coffin is carried through a crowd of mourners and Raza is clocked among crowd.

“Inside THRDS studio on Latona Rd, 60 cast and crew shot scenes set inside police cars.

“At the Ark Walworth Academy School, there’s a scene of children and parents heading out of the school gates. And Printworks nightclub on Surrey Quays Road plays a Deportation Centre.

“In Lambeth, the M&A Hand Car Wash on Hinton Road saw a white van pulling in, with a man tied up in the back. Further along Hinton Road at Jet Petrol Station two old friends bump into each other at the pumps, and chat after not seeing each other for a while.

“In Lewisham on Lindal Road two cars pull up next to each other. The Rivoli Ballroom on Brockley Road hosted two days of filming.

“Under cover police drop in to Luggage & Mobile Accessories on Deptford High Street. The character Dadir follows Raza along Comet Street, revealing an Zastava M57 in his waistband to show he means business.

“The Family Halal butcher on Deptford High Street features, as well as the Albany Arts Centre.

“A detached home on Luxted Road in Bromley played a country house estate, hosting a wedding reception.

“In Orpington, Bromley, a home on Fairbank Avenue was filmed over three days, including scenes of a woman escaping through a window.

Kington’s privately run Surrey County Council welcomed filming over three days. And Islington’s Mildmay Club hosted interior filming as well.”

Even Basil Fawlty would be impressed by John Cleese’s latest on-screen rant – filmed in London

John Cleese’s latest epic rant was performed in Fitzroy Square, Camden over the summer, for the opening episode of the third season of Speechless, which starts on ABC in the US on October 5th.

You’ll catch his outburst here, in the second video of this Entertainment Weekly story.

FilmFixer manages the film office service for Camden Council. FilmFixer CEO Karen Everett says, “John Cleese sticks his head out the window of a location in Fitzroy Square and starts shouting at a tour bus. In the show, the tour stops outside his home, with a guide following the same script over a microphone, day in and day out, because some of Harry Potter was filmed there.

“Cleese’s daughter, played by Minnie Driver, is on the top deck of the bus. It’s a brilliantly awkward reunion after 20 years. Certainly the outburst is as angry and funny as anything Cleese might have delivered as Basil in Fawlty Towers.

“The production filmed over three days from late July to early August, inside and outside the Fitzroy Square location.

“BMA House on Tavistock Square doubles as Buckingham Palace, visited by the family. In the episode, it turns out that Kenneth, played by Cedric Yarbrough, loves all things royal. These scenes were filmed on a Saturday in August. At both locations, the cast and crew were just 50, which is impressively nimble for a big ABC show.”

Take a look here for more about the local filming.

London lent zombie horror action flick Redcon-1 a big hand with its tiny budget

Hundreds of zombies shuffling through central London, military personnel tearing up to Tower Bridge in boats, helicopters: it sounds like an expensive film to make – but not so.

FilmFixer supported independent production Redcon-1 in getting its tiny budget production shot across the capital and in Suffolk, through sound advice and an inside knowledge about appropriate locations. Take a look at the trailer for the zombie action horror flick, in cinemas from today. Producer Ioanna Karavela says, “The movie looks like it cost so much more to make than it really did. There were lots of tips and tricks that we have to thank FilmFixer for.

“We would start very early in the morning, at dawn pretty much, to shoot iconic locations like Potters Fields Park and Butlers Wharf along the Thames at Bankside, and the Albert Embankment overlooking the Houses of Parliament in Lambeth. We took a tiny crew and had the cast all made up and ready to go. This meant we could film very quickly without disturbing anyone or needing to organise loads of parking.

“With just three crew, we also filmed lots of general views around London, and then cut them into scenes filmed elsewhere, so the movie gives the impression that a big cast shot complicated scenes in the capital.

“It looks like we filmed the boat scenes along the Thames, landing at Bankside, but actually they were shot outside London. And it was the same with the helicopter shots. It all looks fantastic in the final cut.

“We did manage to take 130 cast and crew into the Silwood Estate in Southwark. Eight special forces soldiers edge toward Silwood. From a distance they think that the residents are healthy, but as they approach it becomes clear they are zombies.

“We found the extras in zombie fan clubs who were all excited to be in a movie, so they came along and helped us out.

“We filmed in the Old Town Hall in Bromley for three days, which played the headquarters of the character General Smith. As well as the military backdrop, we used it for scenes showing experiments on patients, as well as a prison cell, and a shop. It’s a fantastic space to film in.

“Still in London, we also used Lewisham Shopping Centre.

“We’d filmed a load of footage in a field, and had to do some pick up shots. The problem was, our original field had changed colour with the seasons, so we needed to find somewhere else that might match.

“This was when we contacted Screen Suffolk, who put us in touch with a private location. Mike Porter at Hillhouse Farm in Walpole took really good care of us. We were so grateful for the help.”

Director Chee Keong Cheung has said, “Some years ago I wondered what would happen if zombies could retain some of their previous life skills… What if they were combat based? And how would a small troop of soldiers survive being sent into the heart of a seething mass of the undead, who don’t just bite… they fight back too.” And so began the journey toward making the film.

Take a look at the behind the scenes London footage.

FilmFixer manages the film office service for Southwark, Lambeth, Lewisham and Bromley councils.

FilmFixer CEO Karen Everett says, “We helped the production with 10 key film days between August 2016 and April 2017.

:It’s to their credit that the production managed to get such a complicated film shot on its tiny budget. We would emphasise that this type of filming was possible thanks to the production’s absolute respect for our guidance.

“They turned up exactly when and where we suggested, without any unexpected vehicles, cast or crew, filming just what they needed without causing any problems. We were happy to help. And we’re really happy they have so many screenings arranged, particularly in the lead up to Halloween.”

For cinema screenings, take a look here.

Woody Harrelson’s one-take, live broadcast film wins Production Guild award

FilmFixer congratulates the production team on Woody Harrelson’s Lost in London, for winning this year’s Production Team of the Year Award. The trophy will be handed out tomorrow night (Sat, Sep 22nd) at The Production Guild awards, held at The Grove in Hertfordshire.

Shot in one take and transmitted live to audiences across the US and one UK cinema, Woody Harrelson’s directorial debut was also a first in movie history. In the film, Camden’s West End plays Soho.

To make it possible, the production team worked closely with Camden Film Office, ensuring local residents were consulted, respected and engaged. In addition, the production made generous, impactful donations to many local charities and residents groups.

FilmFixer manages Camden Film Office. FilmFixer’s CEO Karen Everett says, “This was an important cinematic event – and yet the filming itself was extremely low key. For a production with an impact on the history of film, it made very little impact, if any, on the streets, during filming.

“There was no cabling or equipment in the streets, there were no generators or lights or noise, and no crew on the streets except one camera and the relevant cast members. It was hard to believe this was a production starring Hollywood actors.

“Each outside shot lasted no more than fifteen minutes.

“Local businesses supported the effort in many ways. A creative agency based in area came up with lighting designs and window dressing to give their frontage a buzzy London West End feeling.

“And businesses opened their doors as locations. A studio called IceTank, described as ‘plain white but it in the right place’, was turned into the French restaurant where Woody Harrelson meets his wife and leaves 15 minutes later, after things go wrong.

“To thank the community, Woody Harrelson made donations to Friends of Bloomsbury Square, The H Club Creative Foundation, The Anna Freud Centre, and Centre Point.”

Woody Harrelson, Director/Producer has said, “I want to congratulate everyone who worked on Lost in London on this Production Guild Award. There were so many obstacles that seemed almost insurmountable. The concept of shooting in real time was crazy enough but to live broadcast as we shot it; well, some people called it insane and I did think the same myself on a number of occasions!

“I’m very proud of the movie and I don’t think the team could have done a better job. They really exceeded my expectations and certainly those of the multitude of people who said it couldn’t be done. So thank you all so much for being a part of that great experience and thank you to The Production Guild for proffering this award to these very first-rate artists.”

The first film ever to be broadcast live, Lost in London was shot in a single take with one camera over 100 minutes and starred Harrelson, Owen Wilson and Willie Nelson. Featuring a cast of 30, more than 250 supporting artists and 260 crew, filming began in London at 2am on 20 January 2017 and was broadcast live across more than 550 US cinemas and one UK screen.

In the film Woody Harrelson leaves the Shaftesbury Theatre stage door on Grape Street, and walks to the restaurant on the same street with his assistant. When he leaves, he gets into a taxi, drives along Bloomsbury Way and Vernon Place and stops outside Old Central St Martins building for the nightclub scene.

About thirty minutes later, Harrelson gets into a taxi on the corner of Southampton Row. He argues with the taxi driver, gets out and tries to escape across Bloomsbury Park. But he’s arrested and taken to the police station set in Old Central St Martins via Fisher Street.

On the eve of the shoot, location manager David Broder spoke to FilmFixer. A Camden resident himself, David explained how he and Woody Harrelson arrived at the decision to film in the London Borough of Camden.

“They outlined the story and what they were trying to do. I thought okay this is crazy but interesting,” he said.

“Woody Harrelson came over… At that stage it was one camera, one take… We looked at real restaurants, real nightclubs, lots of the West End theatres.

“That was with Woody and it took a few weeks to realise that actually to technically do it we needed to set up in one place – which is the old Central St Martins building, where we could have two big sets – our nightclub and a police station setting in the basement, and make that our base.

“Around that time in October the live broadcast idea started to come into the mix, which made it even more complicated and technically it had never been done before.

“Here we are in January and we’ve managed to pull it off. We’ve managed to get permissions for all the locations from the council authorities, the police, Transport For London. Also technically being able to get RF (radio frequency) aerials, transmitters on rooftops, which at last count was 47, that takes a huge amount of work and a lot of cable.

“We have a run that’s nearly two miles in length. This is in central London where that’s virtually impossible to do.”

Applying some brilliant understatement he agreed, “It’s quite an unusual project,” while adding that working with Woody Harrelson has been a great experience.

“Woody is very engaging and very friendly and he’s a great character,” he said. “Being with him scouting and planning… and just when we’ve gone for a coffee, people approach him and he’s fantastic with everyone.”

David explained how the film was based on a real incident in Woody Harrelson’s life: “He was in a play in the West End and he leaves the theatre, goes to a restaurant very close by to meet his wife who’s come in from the States to see him.

“But she’s read a newspaper article where he’d got in trouble with the paparazzi and some scantily clad women in a nightclub with Owen Wilson.

“He ends up in a nightclub and meets Owen Wilson again, which turns into a fight… He gets in a taxi… the taxi driver realises Woody has left his wallet behind… so they get into a big argument.

“The police chase Woody through the streets and then eventually arrest him and take him to the police station… this film is loosely based on that story.”

London was ready for its next Getty kidnapping close-up

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.

“We recognise we are guests here” – Bodyguard filmed tense scenes across London

The new BBC series Bodyguard filmed tense scenes across London between October last year and February.

FilmFixer manages the film office service for a number of London boroughs where the series was shot.

Keeley Hawes plays a hard-nosed Home Secretary and Richard Madden the police officer assigned to protect her.

FilmFixer CEO Karen Everett explains, “In the show Richard Madden’s character David lives on the Stoneleigh Terrace Estate in Camden. These scenes were filmed over four days in January and were possible thanks to close liaison with residents.

“The production made it clear they recognised they were guests in the area and worked hard to film with minimal disturbance.

“They also made generous donations to tenants and residents associations including Chester Balmore, Brookfield and Whittington Estate and Brookfield Primary School.

“In Islington, a private location on Lofting Road plays the home of David’s estranged wife and their two children.

“A lot of important filming took place in Haringey as well. A fight scene was filmed on a green in the Lightfoot Estate. A private home in Broadlands Close plays a safe house and pub scenes were filmed in the Hornsey Tavern.

“In Southwark, police patrol cars leave Samson House car park on Hopton Street, and armed police are seen along Sumner Street, The Cut and Bankside near Blackfriars station. And an abandoned car is found in Bear Gardens.

“South Place Hotel in Camden was used extensively for the hotel scenes.

“Senate House on Malet Street played St Matthew’s College as well as the outside of Downing Street and Whitehall.

“The official cavalcade travels across Lambeth Bridge.

“And a plate shot of the iconic London view from Telegraph Hill was taken in Lewisham.”

The series starts on Sunday August 26th. Take a look at the trailer here.