Black Mirror: Bandersnatch filmed in Croydon, Southwark and Islington

Black Mirror: Bandersnatch filmed in Croydon, Southwark and Islington

Bandersnatch, the latest interactive Dystopian Black Mirror experience, was broadcast on Netflix on December 28.

FilmFixer manages the film office service for Croydon, Southwark and Islington where filming took place.

Scenes were shot in Croydon on St Georges Walk, outside Number 1 Croydon, and on the A222 using an old Route Master bus.  The crew also filmed in SE1 in Sumner Street inside the Blue Fin Building and then moved on to Islington to shoot scenes at the Finsbury Health Centre.

In Islington film unit parking bases were also provided in Finsbury Square, Northampton Road and the Peel Centre.

FilmFixer facilitated the filming and kept everything running smoothly especially for local residents. In Islington, residents said that the whole experience was well organised and praised the lack of disruption to residents.

The production also made generous donations to Cancer Research (the Mayor of Croydon’s charity) in Croydon and to the Peel Centre, Catherine Griffiths Court and Clerkenwell Tenants Residents Associations in Islington.

Swimming With Men – The Full Monty in Speedos – filmed in London

It’s dubbed The Full Monty in Speedos and its London shoot took place in parts of Lambeth, Lewisham, Southwark and Croydon. Swimming With Men opens in early June in Germany with a UK release expected shortly afterwards.

Hoping to win back his wife, middle-aged accountant Eric joins a men’s synchronised swimming team. Alongside Rob Brydon and Jane Horrocks, its stars include Rupert Graves, Daniel May, Jim Carter and Adeel Akhtar.

The shorter UK trailer is here and you’ll catch a glimpse of many London locations in this longer trailer.

FilmFixer manages the film office service for the above local councils. FilmFixer CEO Karen Everett says, “The filming with our boroughs took place in May and June last year (2017).

“One of the more surreal scenes in the movie was shot outside Wigwam, a toy shop on Rosendale Road in Lambeth’s SE21, where Rob Brydon, as Eric, sees a toy monkey in the shop window, waving at him, at first, and then engaged in a rather more indiscreet act.

“It triggers him to call his wife Heather, played by Jane Horrocks, and later, quite disturbed by the monkey, he hands a homeless couple the wine he’s just bought.

“In Lewisham, along Canonbie Road, Jane Horrocks as Heather is driving, with son Billy in the backseat, played by Spike White. She takes a call on the speaker phone. Unfortunately, it’s Eric in front of the monkey, wanting to discuss their sex life. She frantically tries to disconnect the phone.

“A private property in Lewisham on Longton Avenue plays the family home, where 50 and cast filmed over four days in June last year.

“During filming, the neighbours will have seen Rob Brydon acting drunk outside the home, watching his wife through the window. The location manager had to work closely with residents to make sure this filming went ahead with minimal disruption.

“Sail House on Ringmore Rise in Lewisham’s Forest Hill hosted a day’s filming with a couple of scenes shot outside on the street. Rob Brydon races home, along the pavement on Ringmore Rise up to the junction of Liphook Crescent.

“And in another scene Brydon’s onscreen son Spike White chats to him, suggesting he sees a therapist, and asking if he’s getting a divorce.

“About 50 pupils at The Charter School, an academy in Southwark’s Herne Hill, were invited to play themselves in the film, as extras in school scenes. Spike White as Rob Brydon and Jane Horrocks’ son Billy is trapped by his parents coming in to collect him from school.

“Still in Southwark, the swimmers get together in the pub at Peckham’s Ivy House where the beautifully preserved 1930s fittings are quite apparent. It’s a much-loved local, owned co-operatively by the community. It was the first pub in the UK to be listed as an asset of community value, bought under “community right to bid” legislation.

“The community has fundraised to preserve its interior including a stage that’s hosted legends including Joe Strummer, Ian Dury, Dr Feelgood and Jeff Beck. It’s a really special location that looks fantastic in the film.

“The character Kurt, played by Adeel Akhtar, works out of The Dental Practice in Southwark’s Dulwich Village, where in the film we see him performing a tooth extraction.

Croydon’s own council offices at Bernhard Wetherill House play the accountancy firm where Rob Brydon works, with offices on the sixth floor, the lift lobby and atrium space used. Other office space was used as green rooms and make up rooms for the actors It’s fantastic to have put this slick glass building on Croydon’s Mint Street to work as a City office.

“In the film Rob Brydon moves into the Best Western Plus Aparthotel in Croydon where, among other scenes, we see him looking out of his bedroom window at someone putting bottles in a bin.

“Set to be the next British feelgood export, it’s a charming film whose production behaved charmingly among residents, operating sensitively and making donations to local groups and charities.”

From scenes in Ghana to life onboard the Royal Yacht, The Crown series 2 filmed in London and Suffolk

Lavish Netflix drama The Crown returns today, picking up where it left off in the first series. Ten episodes trace the next 10 years of Queen Elizabeth II’s life, as imagined by writer Peter Morgan.

The production made a welcome return to London streets, along with a day’s shoot in Suffolk.

FilmFixer manages the film office service for Camden, Haringey, Southwark, Croydon and Screen Suffolk.

FilmFixer director Karen Everett says, “For this series we saw Suffolk double as Ghana, the HMS Belfast moored in the Thames in Southwark played the Royal Yacht Britannia, Addington Palace in Croydon was Clarence House and some really important scenes turned Victoria House in Bloombsury into the old ITN studios in Kingsway.

“You can almost tell from the use of locations that this series moves outside the confines of the palace and gets among the people of the Commonwealth. Times really were changing.

In the trailer you can see the Ghanaian flag in Suffolk’s Elveden Hall, and the removal of the Queen’s portrait, as the colony gains its independence. The Queen famously danced with its new president Kwame Nkrumah during a state visit in 1961.”

The production filmed at Elveden Hall for a day in May, the last day of the shoot.

“The stunning Eastern interiors are a hangover from when the Maharajah of the Punjab, Prince Frederick Duleep Singh owned the hall. He was creating these beautiful rooms in the 1870s.

“Screen Suffolk was not directly involved in arranging this shoot. However, we like to think that our ongoing advocacy is partly responsible, and location managers are now more likely to ask themselves whether they could shoot the required scenes in Suffolk. We are delighted the county attracted this very prestigious, big budget production. This shoot is further testament to the county’s diversity and film-friendly attitude.”

In London, the HMS Belfast plays Prince Philip’s home for five months as he tours the far corners of the Commonwealth on the royal yacht, opening the 1956 Melbourne Olympics and visiting Papua New Guinea.

In the show Princess Margaret says, “It’s not a royal tour, it’s a five-month stag night.”

Karen Everett adds, “On the real tour the Prince had 240 men and officers for company, and for the shoot, he had a rather large cast and crew of 75 over two days in January this year.”

In March 80 cast and crew filmed in Bloomsbury Square where Victoria House played the iconic ITN studios which used to grace Kingsway in London.

These scenes highlight the pressure on the monarchy to modernise. They are based on a real 1957 interview by Robin Day with the then Lord Altrincham, who recalled the events in a Spectator article in 1997.

In particular Lord Altrincham believed the Queen should spend more time abroad, given that air travel was now possible. He thought she should even live abroad in at least one of the many Commonwealth countries outside the UK.

As Lord Altrincham left the studio, a member of the League of Empire Loyalists, Philip Kinghorn Burbidge, slapped his face, later saying “I felt it was up to a decent Briton to show resentment.”

Lord Altrincham later disclaimed his peerage and reverted to his birth name John Grigg.

Karen Everett says, “Lord Altrincham’s views at the time weren’t as unpopular as the media claimed. For the show, 100 cast and crew filmed inside Holborn’s Old Nick Pub in Sandland Street, where Lord Altrincham, together with fellow drinkers, watches the ITV interview, and finds himself being congratulated by those around him.”

There was more filming in Camden, Karen Everett says, “The Queen’s uncle the Duke of Windsor embarks from a train at St Pancras Station in the 1950s. And in Hatton Garden, a character takes a call in the bar of Ye Olde Mitre Pub. Rugby Street and Great James Street were also used.”

In Croydon, Addington Palace plays the important role of Clarence House, home to Princess Margaret and the Queen Mother.

Karen Everett says, “This filming involved 65 cast and crew for a day in March, as all the scenes needed for various arrivals and departures were shot around the driveway and grounds of this private location.”

Karen Everett continues, “The production returned to old Hornsey Town Hall in May this year for interior and exterior scenes involving 150 cast and crew. The production also used this location for the first series.

“This time around old Hornsey Town Hall was used as the interior and exterior of a London hospital where the Queen meets her Prime Minister Harold Macmillan, who is recovering from surgery.”

Along with the considerate and well managed filming, Karen Everett praised the production for its positive relationships with locals, while filming in their neighbourhoods.

She explains, “A local enthusiast trying to break into film was invited on a set visit, and generous donations were made to local residents groups Friends of Bloomsbury Square and the Rugby and Harpur Residents Association, both in Camden.

“We encourage this sort of approach among productions, making sure that locals are really seeing the benefits of the filming on their doorstep.”

Charles Cattel-Killick is a recent graduate who hopes to break into filmmaking. He works in Bloomsbury and his company received advance notice of the filming. On reading it, he approached the location manager, asking if he might be allowed a set visit, to see how the business really works.

He says, “The location manager was extremely friendly, and on the day I found myself standing with the producer, director, editors and makeup people, for the scenes in and around Victoria House.

“There were quite a lot of extras, as photographers and journalists, as well as the protesters, and policemen. It was a revelation to see just how much effort goes into some of these scenes.

“We saw the cars pulling up, as the characters walked in to Victoria House. I was shown the interior, where there was a shot set up as the characters left the studios and headed outside again before the incident takes place.

“I learned so much that could never taught on a course. Despite all the hard work that had gone into organising the shoot, someone had parked a big green van right in shot and nobody could find the owner. So they used a couple of the actors, dressed as policemen, to cleverly mask the van.

“I could see how the interior had been dressed, very simply, to remove all modern day fittings from the shot.

“And probably the most interesting aspect was to see quite how important each and every role is, from marshalling and running all the way up the line. If one person doesn’t do their job properly, the whole thing falls apart.

“During and in-between takes everyone is looking at their own thing, watching the monitors and making sure their component is up to standard. Everything runs very efficiently but in the same breath the crew also find the time to have a laugh and create a very positive buzz about the place.

“My own short I’m working on is a period one; although it’s set during the great war maybe visiting The Crown set made me think it’s achievable goal! This new understanding of how many people it takes to look after so many jobs is going to be very helpful.

“The other thing I learned is that production team members often move from job to job before settling on an area to specialise in. Because they really understand what everyone around them is doing, this way, they are much better at their own jobs. I’d always thought you had to stay in the one job you trained for or studied.”

It was the third local production Charles has visited, as a simple result of responding to the advance notice from location managers. He also watched the BBC’s Howards End filming outside the British Museum. And from 3am one freezing morning earlier this year, he followed the filming of Woody Harrelson’s live screened, one-take feature film Lost in London.

The Footsoldier rises again – in Redbridge and Croydon this time

The critics rarely have a good thing to say about low-budget British gangster films, and Rise of the Footsoldier 3: The Pat Tate Story is no exception. But what the heck? Redbridge Town Hall’s car park plays a prison and some pretty lively car stunts were filmed in Croydon on Vulcan Way. Not bad.

If the film is significant for no other reason, it does feature a brief cameo by former Happy Mondays frontman Shaun Ryder as prison honcho Mad Dog.

Filmed in February this year with 40 cast and crew, the Croydon stunts include one car catching ablaze after another reverses into it.

FilmFixer manages the film office service for both Croydon and Redbridge. FilmFixer director Andrew Pavord says, “The stunts were filmed in an industrial area, well away from residents, by a crew who made sure to keep it all very quiet.

“The Met Police had to be consulted and we had to be reassured that the action would be filmed in a controlled fashion, with consideration to locals.”

The eponymous Pat is in a Jaguar, being chased by the police. He pulls over and tries to hide in an evasive manoeuvre, but the police see him and screech to a halt. Pat puts the car into reverse and crashes his Jaguar into the police car.

Pat then crawls out of his mangled Jag and starts to limp off but the police car is on fire and the driver is stuck inside. Pat gets the police driver out of the car, but of course, he doesn’t leave things that way…

In another driving scene, one car speeds up toward another, being driven by a character called Kenny, and shots are fired.

“It might not a film that’s going to win many awards, although it belongs to a well established genre,” says Andrew Pavord.

“What’s important to us is that small budget films are able to shoot the scenes they need with as little disturbance as possible to Londoners.”

London’s a Turkish delight for Dylan O’Brien and Michael Keaton in American Assassin

With the release of American Assassin starring Michael Keaton and Dylan O’Brien, it’s time for London to celebrate its role in the big-budget production.

Croydon, Kingston, Southwark and Islington all helped out with locations. FilmFixer manages the film office service for all these boroughs.

Croydon played the biggest part, arranging for the whole of St George’s Walk, including every single shop, to be bought up for a week, and transformed into an Istanbul quarter. This didn’t just include the elaborate sets and cars, it included about 200 Turkish speaking extras.

You’ll catch glimpses of the scenes filmed in Croydon in this trailer.

FilmFixer director Andrew Pavord said, “For the duration, St George’s Walk was transformed into shisha shops and Turkish restaurants, populated by 200 Turkish speakers, all in costume, serving real food and smoking real pipes. The smells and sounds were completely authentic.

“The production moved in on August 22nd last year, and set up the area ready for filming from September 13th through to September 16th.

“They established an atmospheric Turkish restaurant on the corner of St George’s Walk, and the entire parade of shops along St George’s Walk was dressed as an area of Istanbul. Pictures vehicles, or cars that appear in the film, lined St George’s Walk to make it look like a busy street.

“Dylan O’Brien walks through the bustle into the restaurant. Then the scene unfolds into an elaborate chase, with special operatives hoofing after him.

“We were happy that Croydon was able to meet this extensive location brief. And we’re even more happy that the production brought in five film students, all but one from Croydon College, for a week of work experience.

“I can’t overstate the value of real Hollywood-style hands on experience, right on the corner, pretty much, of your own film college. Seeing the cameras used, seeing how a set is run, watching all the different moving parts in action is the kind of thing that really helps when it comes to looking for paid work in the industry.”

One of the five placements went to Croydon local Amy Jones, who’s already managed to land work experience in the past with Kevin Costner’s Criminal in 2014.

Amy’s studying film at Reading College. She met the location manager herself, working in a Croydon café. After introducing herself, she was offered the work.

Amy was able to build on the experience of two years before and take on some more responsibility.

“I really hope that because this is a big scale set and I’ve been doing lots of different things, it will show just what I’m capable of and help me get work in the business when I finish my course,” she said, while on set.

“It’s really amazing to work here, in a place I know so well as a Croydon backstreet. Here it is now as bustling Istanbul. It feels like a whole village has been built in the middle of my hometown. It’s a different ambience.

“I was also helping to block off roads and talk to residents to explain why they can’t walk through for a couple of days. I’ve been changing bins, which isn’t very glamorous but it has to be done.”

After the shoot Amy added, “It gave the scene more impact when the cameras were rolling, because it felt so real there.

“I did end up standing about two metres away from Dylan O’Brien at one point, as part of the work. That was exciting. Otherwise, I was helping to sort the green room for the actors, laying the carpet, getting in drinks and making sure everyone was happy.

“Aside from the director I heard only English accents on that shoot, so it’s reassuring to think that I’d be able to work on big budget movies when I graduate without having to move to LA or somewhere. Having had the hands-on experience, I found afterwards that I was much more confident with my college work. When I was writing about the process it was with some real experience of it.”

Dylan O’Brien also made his way through Kingston for the shoot, although a tad more discreetly than in Croydon.

Over two separate days in September, along with 80 cast and crew, he was filmed walking along the Castle Street, with a determined air about him, toward a martial arts class at his gym.

Andrew Pavord explains, “This was a good shoot for Kingston, involving dolly and track, set dressing, scenery and 60 extras mixing in around Dylan O’Brien’s character.

“They filmed the scene on the pedestrian street running from Fife Road to Eden Street.”

In November 2016, 80 cast and crew filmed in Southwark’s Sumner Street, where a car pulls up at the Blue Fin building, and Dylan O’Brien gets out. He walks through the lobby in beachwear, as if he’s going to his hotel room. When he gets into an elevator, he’s joined by three others.

And December saw a big stunt filmed in Islington, in a 7th and 3rd floor apartment Canaletto, a new build on City Road, EC1.

Andrew Pavord explains, “This involved a plate shot of the building. We had to license a scissor lift taking still shots of the building, up to the appropriate floors.”

Amy Jones talks about her experience from the Croydon set of American Assassin here, here, here and here.

Rellik and Liar: Williams brothers dramas both filmed in London

The Williams brother screen writers, Harry and Jack, said they were skipping off to the pub on Monday night – avoiding questions about which of their competing thriller series to watch – Liar on ITV or Rellik on the BBC.

Film officers, residents and council workers across London who’d played their own small roles in each drama had to make similar choices.

FilmFixer runs the film office service for boroughs featured in the dramas including Haringey, Islington, Camden, Southwark, Lambeth, Lewisham, Bromley and Croydon with some unit basing at Valentine’s Park in Redbridge.

Two Islington Council crematorium staff in particular will be looking out for Rellik’s episode three – because they appear in it.

FilmFixer director Andrew Pavord explains, “The production used Islington&Camden Crematorium in East Finchley for a scene with one of the lead characters, Elaine Shepard, who’s played by Jodi Balfour.

“She’s visiting the crematorium to bid her dead father goodbye, all alone except for crematorium staff, played by two real Islington Council staffers.

“The scene was filmed in a day in March this year, with 35 cast and crew. We were really happy to talk to staff about playing a role in the scenes – it makes perfect sense to us that the drama would use real life cremetarorium staff. It worked really well.”

This week’s first episode saw co-star Richard Dormer as Gabriel Markham, sweeping away the pebbles on a grave to grab a pill bottle. The stormy sequence was shot outside Alexandra Palace in Haringey, with gravestones set against the hill overlooking panoramic nighttime views of London.

Haringey also provides therapist Isaac Taylor’s home on Sheldon Avenue, Highgate. Taylor’s habit of carrying surgical gloves makes him a highly suspicious character.

Inside Haringey’s Old Hornsey Town Hall, sets were built to create a flat in which a crime is committed. Character Patrick Barber (played by Paul Rhys), the charming, suave yet highly immoral management consultant is seen packing his bag and cleaning, ready to hightail it.

In another scene, the exterior of the town hall hosts an inferno – as the building catches fire, with police cars pulling up and officers heading inside.

Back in Islington, a Dingley Place home was used as Elaine’s flat and other exterior shots. Among other scenes, police break down the door to do a search.

Islington also enabled a massive two-day shoot at the Metal Works on Torrens Street, where 300 cast and crew filmed a rave.

Andrew Pavord adds, “There’s a touching scene that was shot in Islington, at the well-loved local haunt the Quality Chophouse on Farringdon Road. A waiter recognises Elaine from her childhood, offering her the same seat she always took with her father.”

And the studios at the former Central St Martins on Southampton Row in Camden were used for the detectives’ office scenes as well as hospital scenes.

Although Liar is set on the Kentish coast in Deal, the production also used south London locations within easy reach of Kent, in Bromley, Croydon, Lewisham, Southwark and Lambeth.

In Southwark’s Peckham Rye Park a character sits on a bench by the lake feeding ducks, until a park officer arrives on a quad bike telling him not to.

The Waverley Arms in Southwark’s Nunhead hosted filming over three separate days.

Joanna’s restaurant in Croydon’s Crystal Palace was used twice.

A home on Breakspears Road in Lewisham is raided by armed police.

More Lewisham homes in Whitbread Road, Longton Avenue and Mantle Road, were used, along with Noak cafe on Mantle Road.

In Bromley a character walking along Martin’s Road is stopped by police for questioning. Outside the Shortlands Tavern on Station Road a character chats on their phone before heading back inside. And we see characters meeting up on Lansdowne Place.

“The film makers worked extremely well with locals,” Andrew Pavord says.

“They provided blackout material to residents who needed it for keeping out the extra lighting of a night shoot. And they made some lovely donations to groups, including Longton Avenue Residents Association security gate fund, Brockley Society for Breakspears Road, Go Film It Academy in Lewisham and the Bromley charity JusB.

“All in all we’re very pleased that London could offer the coastal feel needed for this series, in convenient, effective locations, with helpful residents. Congratulations must go to the production team who worked hard to engage local people.”

Brad Pitt filmed War Machine scenes in Camden and Croydon

Brad Pitt stars in the absurdist War Machine, opening on May 26th in UK cinemas and on Netflix. In autumn 2015, The Enterprise Pub in Camden hosted 200 of the film’s cast and crew as it doubled for an Irish bar in Paris.

The film is described as part reality, part parody, with Pitt depicting a born leader’s march into folly. Pitt plays General Glen McMahon, based on real-life general Stanley McChrystal. McChrystal’s career in Afghanistan ended after he featured in Rolling Stone magazine expose The Runaway General.

In the Rolling Stone article, the Paris pub in question is the real-life Kitty O’Shea’s, a touristy Irish bar, chosen for being the least “Gucci” place the general’s staff could find. The occasion was McChrystal’s 33rd wedding anniversary celebrated not only with his wife Annie, but also his entire inner circle.

According to the Rolling Stone feature, McChrystal’s real-life staff in 2010, then the most powerful force shaping US policy in Afghanistan, called themselves Team America, in reference to that satirical movie, which, among other things, lampoons the White House.

For the movie, Brad Pitt and his co-stars, along with 200 other cast and crew, headed to The Enterprise Pub on Red Lion Street. They filmed the scene there in October 2015. You’ll see snippets from this filming in the trailer.

FilmFixer manages the film office service for Camden Council. FilmFixer director Andrew Pavord said, “Brad Pitt and his production could film the interior of a Paris pub anywhere in the world. We’re delighted that The Enterprise in London was chosen.

“This was a big shoot with a significant number of cast and crew to manage in inner London. But it was shot very quickly, in just a day, and a donation was made to a local charity, chosen by Red Lion Square residents. This sort of considerate behaviour helps ensure the next Hollywood-style shoot will be welcomed next time.”

Elsewhere in London, Pitt filmed scenes with Sir Ben Kingsley – as Afghan President Karzai – in Croydon’s Addington Palace over two days in autumn 2015.

Addington Palace also features in the trailer, where Pitt tells Kingsley that Nato is about to embark on a new direction to build Afghanistan into a free and prosperous nation. Kingsley replies, “Sounds a lot like the old direction.”

According to the Rolling Stone expose, Nato forces were unpopular, having killed 90 civilians in the first four months of 2010, leading McChrystal to concede, “We’ve shot an amazing number of people.”

His insistence on avoiding such deaths was unpopular with troops whose complaints included, “We aren’t putting fear into the Taliban.”

The Rolling Stone journalist behind the story, Michael Hastings, died a car accident in Los Angeles, aged 33.

Croydon homecoming for A-listers in How to Talk to Girls at Parties

Premiering at Cannes and starring Nicole Kidman, How to Talk to Girls at Parties is both set in Croydon and was filmed there. It’s the Cannes screening of the day this Sunday (May 21st).

Stars Elle Fanning and Alex Sharp were in Croydon in November 2015 to shoot some of the most remarkable scenes in the film, shown toward the end. Alex Sharp has tweeted a sneak peek trailer.

We can’t give too much away without spoiling the movie, but the filming involved 80 cast – mainly playing aliens – and crew on Croydon’s College Green and the nearby multi-storey carpark. Other locations included St Georges Walk shopping parade and the town centre.

To revisit the original short story by Neil Gaiman you’ll find it online here here.

Set in the punk scene of the 70s, the film is about teenage boys who crash punk queen Boadicea’s party. Nicole Kidman stars in the role of punk godmother Boadicea. At the party, Enn (Alex Sharp) meets the gorgeous foreign exchange student Zan, played by Elle Fanning. But it turns out she’s from further away than he imagined; she’s an alien.

FilmFixer manages the film office service for Croydon Council. FilmFixer director Andrew Pavord says, “The shoot was a very welcome homecoming for the story.

“We were delighted to be able to support the production with some of its most challenging filming.

“There were quite a lot of cast and crew to manage for these important scenes. The Croydon locations proved perfect and the area was more than able to handle the logistics.

“We’re all thrilled that Croydon increasingly attracts A-list talent to its brilliant locations.”

A London bank rescues hula hoops ad

Hula hoops saves the day at a former bank on Warham Road in Croydon. The new ad is part of a £4.5 million campaign – the biggest ever for the snack brand.

It’s called West Heath Bank in the ad, where a hapless robber races in with a banana tucked inside a sock, demanding all the money.

The bank clerk can’t help, “sorry love”, because she has her “hands full” – each finger covered in a hula hoop. But that doesn’t stop her raising the alarm – and soon enough the police cars have pulled up outside.

A sequence of police cars arriving outside was also filmed on Wimbledon High Street in Merton.

FilmFixer manages the film office service for Croydon and Merton Councils. FilmFixer director Andrew Pavord says, “This is a very endearing use of a former bank, it looks just the part of course. And the fact that the robbery is all in good fun made it easy for us to approve this production coming in to film.

“It’s a great example of the locations on offer outside the centre of London, where there’s plenty of parking for a production, and minimal disruption to locals. This shoot was completed in as little as one day.”

Take a look at the ad here.

Germany gets the first taste of London under Nazi occupation – when SS-GB debuts at the Berlinale film festival today

The BBC One series adapts Len Deighton’s ’78 novel in which German forces patrol and repress London-life in the early 40s.

The London locations were filmed in boroughs including Camden, Islington, Haringey, Lambeth and Croydon.

Starting on BBC One on Sunday (February 19th), the mini-series is named after the SS branch controlling Great Britain.

It follows London police Detective Superintendent Douglas Archer, played by Sam Riley, investigating a murder attracting the attention of the German authorities as well as the resistance. The first two episodes of the disturbing series debut at the Berlinale today. Take a look at the trailer here.

Great Britain has surrendered to Germany, Churchill is rumoured to be executed in Berlin, King George is in the Tower of London and Queen Elizabeth and her daughters have fled to New Zealand. Rear Admiral Conolly has formed a British government in exile in Nova Scotia.

One of the stars, Kate Bosworth has said, “However long we spent on set, we never became relaxed or comfortable with it. It was very difficult to see it.”

In one of the biggest shoots for the production, across four days in October 2015, Highgate’s West Cemetery saw a huge Germany military funeral attended by high-ranking dignitaries and 100 extras dressed in Nazi uniforms.

Also in the borough of Camden, we see Nazis patrolling Chancery Lane as an ambulance flies past.

In November 2015 the production headed to Old Hornsey Town Hall in Haringey, for interior and exterior scenes. These include Archer arriving at Associated Pathe, with SS chief Dr Oskar Huth’s car parked outside.

Also, we see Sylvia Manning played by Maeve Dermody in bed with Archer, before getting up and heading to balcony draped in the Nazi flag.

FilmFixer director Karen Everett praised the production for its responsibility and sensitivity in pulling together this large and complex shoot.

“Given how uncomfortable many of these scenes are to watch, it took great dedication to detail to protect Londoners throughout this shoot,” she says. “Any Nazi regalia used during filming was behind walls and screens – unseen by locals. This includes of course the footage of Maeve Dermody dressed in a Nazi flag. The production also made sure Met police were on hand to reassure the public, if need be.

“And the many replica rifles used required a licensed armourer on location – ensuring the guns were checked in and checked out safely. It was a big undertaking by the BBC and we’re looking forward to seeing how it works on the small screen.”

In October 2015, Islington’s St John Street hosted almost 100 extras in and outside the Farmiloe Building which was playing a chaotic, over-crowded detention camp. We see Archer passing an administration area where army clerks are arguing, and coming across Sylvia and Detective Sergeant Harry Woods, played by James Cosmo.

Also in Islington, the House of Detention on Sans Walk became the Little Wittenham Detention Camp’s Issuing Department, where Archer interrogates James Northcote as John Spode.

The Jerusalem Tavern on Britton Street plays the interior of the Two Brewers Pub, where Archer has a cup of tea and studies a map before Sylvia arrives. And where he chats with Harry Woods.

The images of the Houses of Parliament were filmed across the river on Lambeth’s Albert Embankment.

In Lambeth’s Windmill Walk, Harry and Archer pull to stop in their car to talk. After filming here, the production donated generously to local residents’ groups.

The period streetscape of Croydon’s Hurst Way is also used to heighten the sense of time and place in the series.

FilmFixer manages the film office service for London’s Camden, Haringey, Islington, Lambeth and Croydon councils.