Fleabag

Fleabag

BBC’s hit comedy-drama Fleabag Series 2 filmed scenes in Camden and Islington with FilmFixer between June and November last year.

Produced by Two Brothers Pictures, Fleabag Series 2 is set and filmed in the same locations as the first series.

The hit comedy-drama series is predominately set and filmed in Dartmouth Park within Kentish town.

Filming included a mixture of real-life locations and ones that stood in for fictional ones.

The Village Café on York Rise was quickly converted to look the same as it did in Series 1, as it was being turned into a Turkish restaurant before filming for Series 2 started.

Christ Church Hampstead in Hampstead Square was used for multiple scenes inside the church where Fleabag develops her crush on the priest.

Other scenes were filmed in Lincolns Inn Fields and Finsbury Square.

 

Community Benefits from Filming MotherFatherSon

MotherFatherSon, starring Richard Gere, is on BB2.

FilmFixer manages the film office service for 16 London Boroughs including Southwark, Kingston, Islington, Haringey, Camden, Bexley, Barnet and Bromley, where MotherFatherSon was filmed.

Community benefits

Filming for the production took place in a number of residential areas and the production made generous donations in Kingston to Cambridge Road Estates Community Group and Cambridge Road Estate Residents association.

Residents of Thamesmead (shown in photo) also benefited, as fees from filming go to Thamesmead 50th fund, ensuring that filming activity directly benefits the local community.

 

Thamesmead where scenes for MotherFatherSon were filmed.

Thamesmead where scenes for MotherFatherSon were filmed (Image: FilmFixer)

 

The production also gave valuable work experience to local  Thamesmead resident, Riordan Tyson.

Riordan, who says he would like to become an editor, has been building up his CV and is already working on another production in Thamesmead.

As Riordan says, “I greatly enjoyed working on MotherFatherSon. The crew were more than willing to help me out with advice regarding a typical day on set, as well as more general advice for my future career in film making.  They were really appreciative of my help.”

Peabody and FilmFixer are committed to helping Thamesmead residents gain work experience or extras positions on shoots and all productions are required to work with FilmFixer to source local talent.

FilmFixer has also placed social value, employment, and skills development at the heart of its new Film Office Service contracts.

 

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.

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.”

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.”

“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.

Aml Ameen hopes Yardie is the first of a film trilogy

Aml Ameen returned this week to the housing estate in Hackney that plays his home in Yardie, Idris Elba’s directorial debut, opening on August 30th.

He was being interviewed for Channel 4 News by Symeon Brown. This clip from the film, care of StudioCanal, shows off the location beautifully.

The production spent just a day filming the scenes on the estate in May this year, returning a week later for pick up shots.

Ameen said yesterday, as he walked back around the estate, that he couldn’t remember it very vividly as he’d applied method acting to the role, essentially experiencing the location “in a different head”.

However, residents seemed to remember Ameen just fine, leaning over balconies to call hello, and getting an equally friendly hello back from the star.

Ameen told Channel 4 News that the film should be viewed in the context of the Godfather films, Wise Guys or Goodfellas, saying, “It’s a genre film, it belongs to the gangster genre and should only be seen as such.

“What it does beautifully, just as the great Italian American gangster films, is to humanise the characters, to emphasise their family relationships.”

Shantol Jackson as Ameen’s wife in the film, Yvonne, is essential to achieving this, he emphasised.

Ameen spent his early childhood in the area, where his father ran a club helping to settle Caribbean immigrants.

The film is based on a novel by Victor Headley, and Ameen pointed out that it was just the first of a trilogy about the character D: Excess and Yush followed. He hoped that, just like The Godfather films, Yardie might become the first of a trilogy of film adaptations.

FilmFixer manages the film office service for the housing estate where filming took place, along with Islington Council where further scenes were shot in Torrens Street and St John’s Lane in EC1.

FilmFixer CEO Karen Everett said, “We’d be really happy to see this production return for the next instalment of D’s story.

“They behaved with great courtesy to residents, filming nimbly and unobtrusively. In addition to the location fee, the film made a generous donation to the local residents association, which will be put towards a summer party everyone can enjoy.

“Idris Elba has filmed in many of the boroughs we support, including Islington for Guerrilla, Lewisham and Kingston for In the Long Run and Luther in Merton and Haringey as well as Southwark.”

Take a look at the full trailer for the film here.

Eleven thousand film days and still counting – FilmFixer will continue working for the benefit of Camden, Islington and Lambeth residents in the film officer role

FilmFixer has retained its contract to provide film officer services to Lambeth, Camden and Islington Councils.

The “triborough contract” for the service has been awarded again to FilmFixer, which has been managing the role for the three councils for five years now.

FilmFixer director Karen Everett says, “In total, since 2013 we have provided permitting for 11,345 film days for Islington, Camden and Lambeth.

“We are delighted to continue in our longstanding relationship with these three boroughs, that sit at the heart of the 16 London boroughs we serve.

“Lambeth, Islington and Camden are firmly on the global film location map, with just about every major production that comes to London filming in at least one of the three.

“The value of film days to the local community is not so much in the number but in the quality of the production and the courtesy and respect it affords local people.

“These three boroughs are no strangers to high-end Netflix series such as The Crown, and the Harry Potter, Fantastic Beasts and the James Bond franchises. Paddington Bear has famously settled into a Camden street as his movie home and upcoming big films such as Mary Poppins and Christopher Robin have also been filming across the three council areas.

“Our model is to ensure filming is beneficial to residents as well as respectful and considerate and we work closely with good location managers who take their roles in the community very seriously.

“We’ve developed such a reputation that many location managers visit us first when looking for multiple locations for complex productions and TV series’.

“We’re extremely proud of the record so far in encouraging productions to make donations to resident groups by way of thanks, and provide training and work opportunities for local young people looking for a break in the business.

“We’re going to be focussing even more attention on this aspect of our work, by formalising the training we provide local young people, to help prepare them for opportunities with productions filming on their doorstep. Young people interested in these opportunities should contact us at the relevant email address: info@islingtonfilmoffice.co.uk; info@camdenfilmoffice.co.uk or info@lambethfilmoffice.co.uk.

“We encourage residents to join their local tenants and residents association if they’d like to be more involved in the filming going on around them, as productions tend to work with these groups as neighbourhood representatives.

“To keep residents informed, news about filming and local film opportunities is always updated at the relevant local authority site, www.islingtonfilmoffice.co.uk; www.camdenfilmoffice.co.uk or www.lambethfilmoffice.co.uk.”

The unappetising mouthful that filmed in period London streets: Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

The new wartime romantic movie Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society opens this weekend. Filmed largely in North Devon, where the county doubled as the island, there are also London-based scenes, easily glimpsed in the trailer.

In April last year, 60 cast and crew filmed on Sicilian Avenue in Bloomsbury, Camden, with a greenscreen at the end helping to convert the pedestrianised street into the appropriate period look. The avenue works beautifully as a period shopping street.

The House of Detention in Sans Walk, Islington, was used as the location for a lively 1940s jazz party with 60 cast and crew.

The action also takes place in front of the Malmaison Hotel and within the Charterhouse compound in Islington.

FilmFixer manages the film office service for Islington and Camden. FilmFixer director Karen Everett says, “We understand that parts of Devon including Bideford, Clovelly, and Hartland served as Guernsey locations, with a second world war fighter plane even landing on Saunton Sands.

“But we’re also always pleased when London’s own period locations are able to play themselves, through sensitive and well managed film permitting.

“Sicilian Avenue in particular works very well – and was put to good use in a wartime period setting for the blockbuster Woman Woman.”

The film is about a writer who forms an unexpected bond with the residents of Guernsey in the aftermath of World War II, learning about about their experiences of life under Nazi occupation.