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.”

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.”

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.

“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.

Christopher Robin brings Winnie the Pooh to London in new Disney film

Ewan McGregor as Christopher Robin brought Disney’s Winnie the Pooh to the streets of London.

The huge production, featuring up to 200 cast and crew on location shoots, worked hard to rub along with real Londoners, inviting them to set visits, making donations to local communities and respecting special requests.

FilmFixer manages the film office service for Southwark, Lambeth, Haringey and Camden which hosted the filming.

FilmFixer CEO Karen Everett explains, “In the trailer there are some lovely scenes of Ewan McGregor as Christopher Robin, speaking to Pooh Bear in a garden square.

“This was Merrick Square in Southwark where 150 cast and crew filmed over four days in September last year.

“In nearby Trinity Church Square, Christopher Robin jumps on and off the bus that runs between his office in the city and home in Merrick Square. They were big crowd scenes filmed in the quiet Georgian square.

“Christopher Robin’s home, set in Merrick Square, saw many scenes filmed as he, his wife played by Hayley Attwell, daughter played by Bronte Carmichael, Pooh Bear and his friends from The Hundred Acre Wood, arrive and leave the house, walking or cycling through the square.

“Scenes filmed inside the private gardens at Merrick Square are extremely picturesque and sweet. This is where Christopher Robin’s tree transports the characters between London and Hundred Acre Wood.

“The production spoke to residents in each home and really got to know everyone in the square. And we arranged a set visit for secondary school students, aged 15 and 16, from the nearby Ark Globe Academy.”

Josh Mansell from the school, who took the students on the set visit, said, “After the trip to the film set, we discussed the experience of being on a professional film shoot.

“The students were amazed at the time and effort that goes into shooting the scenes.

“They kept mentioning the clear enjoyment the professionals had for their jobs, as they were showing us around the set. The experience excited our students about career opportunities that look a lot more interesting than many other jobs. They came back motivated to look for jobs they could be passionate about.

“The passion of the film’s production team made it easier for our students to feel comfortable on set. It is important for students of any background to have experiences that take them out of what they are comfortable with.

“Of the students who visited, we now have at least one aspiring film music composer and one aspiring director – who were both delighted to see that this type of work could be available on their doorstep, so to speak.

“Being on the film set was something they won’t forget. It was incredible to see Merrick Square and Christopher Robin’s tree in the trailer – just as we’d seen them on set.”

Karen Everett continues, “The area around Morocco Street in Southwark, taking on Leathermarket and Bermondsey Streets were used for LIDAR scanning and are seen in the film with the Pooh Bear and the other Hundred Acre Wood characters capering through.”

Two hundred cast and crew filmed the hectic city street scenes in Camden in September and October.

Karen Everett says, “Action cars were filmed along Keppel and Malet Street in front of Senate House one Sunday in September.

“Over two days in October, Christopher Robin and Pooh Bear were filmed along Duke’s Road, stepping into the hustle of 1950s London.

“Scenes involving the period double decker bus crossing Lambeth Bridge were filmed in September – the bus Christopher Robin takes to and from work. These night and day shoots involved 50 cast and crew.

“And over six days at the end of August last year, 200 cast and crew moved into the Old Hornsey Town Hall in Haringey to shoot interiors. The features in the old town hall building lent themselves beautifully to the 1950s period the film was set in.”

London retained a key role in the new Mission: Impossible, despite Tom Cruise’s injury

Some of the shoots planned in London for Mission: Impossible – Fallout, the sixth film in the franchise, were cancelled over the summer and autumn of 2017, after Tom Cruise injured himself leaping from the roof of one building to the next. But once he’d healed up, the star was back and performing more frantic stunts around the Thames at Bankside with a cast and crew of 250.

He told Graham Norton about it here and you can see the leap that caused all the problems in the trailer here.

FilmFixer manages the film office service for Southwark Council. FilmFixer CEO Karen Everett explains, “Tom Cruise returned in February this year, along with Henry Cavill and two helicopters, for action-packed chase sequences and more rooftop drama.

“In the Southwark scenes, Tom Cruise leaves Blackfriars station for Bankside, looking for his target, August Walker, who is played by Henry Cavill. Cruise, as Mission: Impossible’s Ethan Hunt, runs along the river, under the arch of Blackfriars rail bridge.

“A helicopter passes, flying very low over the river. It climbs, heading toward the central chimney of the Tate Modern art gallery. With nothing else to go on, Hunt follows it, running as fast as he can, weaving through crowds of pedestrians.

“Hunt races into the gallery and sees Walker disappearing through a door marked PRIVATE. Walker steps inside an old service elevator and pulls the manual door closed before Hunt can get to him. He manages to grab the bottom of the elevator as it ascends.

“Hunt climbs up the lift shaft and exits out onto the roof of the chimney via a trap door. The downdraught from the helicopter blows him backwards. Walker is inside the helicopter and looks out of the open side door as it starts to rise. Hunt fights against the wind and tries to get to the skid.

“The production made some generous donations to local residents to thank them, via the Bankside Residents Forum and the Falcon Point Tenant Management Organisation.

“Rather obviously this was a complicated shoot that required helicopter licenses from the Civil Aviation Authority as well as permission from the Met Police for the characters to carry fake weapons.

“The shoots that didn’t go ahead included Clapham Tunnels in Lambeth where the gang was going to regroup after breaking a villain out of a prison vehicle in Paris. This was due to be filmed in August 2017. The Clapham Tunnels are a remarkable location where Londoners used to shelter during the Blitz.

“And Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt was due to receive his mission in Tanner Street in Southwark, scheduled to film in September last year, but this too couldn’t go ahead.

“Despite the setbacks, the London filming looks incredible. We helped out the Mission: Impossible (5) Rogue Nation in 2014 and we certainly hope to see them again next time.”

The film opens next month.

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.”

Onscreen embrace of the year? Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw in A Very English Scandal

It’s possibly the onscreen embrace of the year – between Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw in A Very English Scandal, starting Sunday May 20th on BBC One. Take a look at the trailer here.

FilmFixer manages the film office service for two London boroughs where the TV series shot, including the secret moment of passion between the stars on the Albert Embankment in Lambeth.

FilmFixer CEO Karen Everett explains, “Fifty cast and crew were involved in filming the romantic scene, in November last year, in a hidden corner on the Embankment. A restricted parameter meant the pair were protected from the public, and the paparazzi, for the shoot.

“This scene was set in the 1960s, with Hugh Grant playing real life leader of the Liberal Party Jeremy Thorpe, with Ben Whishaw as his alleged boyfriend at the time, Norman Scott.

“The Albert Embankment boasts an iconic London view across the River Thames to the Houses of Parliament and is no stranger to dramatic onscreen moments featuring romance… and scandal.

“It’s where David Oyelowo proposes to Rosamund Pike in Amma Asante’s A United Kingdom.

“Emily Watson and Ben Chaplin filmed a romantic clinch there for the TV series Apple Tree Yard.

“A little further along the river at Bankside is where Hugh Grant famously stuttered “I think I love you” to Andie McDowell in Four Weddings and a Funeral – for which he achieved a peck on the cheek.

“Ben Whishaw appeared along the Embankment in another series about a scandal, London Spy.

“And on a far less romantic note, Mark Strong filmed scenes from FOX spy drama Deep State there.

“A Very English Scandal explores the relationship that led to the 1970s trial of Jeremy Thorpe over a plot to murder Norman Scott. He was acquitted, but the scandal ended his political career.

“We were really happy that the production made a donation to locals via the Whitgift Estate tenants and residents association, by way of thanks.

“A scene was also filmed in Southwark’s St Aidan’s Road in East Dulwich, where a character was filmed speaking into the phone in a telephone box. This also involved 50 cast and crew, and the unit was able to base at Athenlay Football Club nearby.”

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:; or

“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,; or”

Courtrooms and London’s real legal centre feature in The Split

BBC One’s new drama The Split features a female-led cast playing a family of divorce lawyers. Starring Nicola Walker, Meera Syal, Fiona Button, Deborah Findlay and Annabel Scholey, it was written by Suffragette screen writer Abi Morgan.

It starts on April 24th at 9pm. Here’s the trailer.

The series filmed last year across Kingston, Lambeth, Lewisham, Haringey and Southwark, as well as using the authenticity of Holborn in Camden for its legal office locations.

FilmFixer manages the film office service for all these councils.

FilmFixer director Karen Everett explains, “Being set around a family of lawyers, the script called for extensive courtroom scenes.

“Kingston’s old Surrey County Hall proved ideal – allowing the production to shoot over five days in total in September and November last year.

“Managed by Surrey Film Office, it’s a great location with plenty of room for a big cast and crew, and in the relatively quiet locale that welcomes filming.

“The accuracy to detail continued with law offices in Camden. Nicola Walker’s character has controversially left her family’s firm to join Noble & Hale, set in a building on High Holborn. Filming took place over the course of about a month from June to July, with more filming in September.

“The scenes filmed here include Nicola Walker as Hannah heading inside past a gaggle of reporters and ducking into a side street to shed a tear.

“Around the corner in Red Lion Square Gardens Hannah and a colleague eat lunch on a park bench.

“In Lambeth’s Railway Tavern on Clapham High Street, Hannah spots her ex boyfriend Christie, played by Barry Atsma.

“Nicola Walker, as Hannah, lives in a home on Macaulay Road in Lambeth, with her husband Nathan, played by Stephen Mangan.

“Their household scenes were filmed over about a week.

“The family home where Hannah grew up hosts a wedding reception among other scenes in the show. This was a home in Sydenham Hill Lewisham, where the production filmed for a week in October.

“The Kings Head pub in Crouch End Haringey features a stand up comedy routine in the show.

“In Canvey Street in Southwark, Fiona Button as Hannah’s sister Rose waits for her fiancé James, played by Rudi Dhamalingam.

“And in almost obligatory shot these days, we see Hannah crossing the river from Southwark’s Bankside.”

Nicola Walker has said she didn’t necessarily take to the legal power dressing for the show like a duck to water: “Abi [Morgan] refers to it as putting on her armour for the day.

“It’s a real departure for me personally, I do not possess any of those clothes in my wardrobe! I made an astonishing discovery that when I wear anything that isn’t a trainer or a welly, when I’m put in high heels, I have an ability – and it’s a real skill – to clip the back of my heels and send a beautiful high shoe flying into the air.

“There are so many outtakes of Jess the director shouting ‘Cut! Her shoe’s come off again…’ – you’d see it flying over the heads of the crew. It must be about the way I walk. It took me three weeks to master it.”