Community Benefits from Filming MotherFatherSon

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.”

Still stopping traffic: series three of Humans starts soon

Series three of the hit Channel 4 sci-fi series Humans begins on Thursday. Once again FilmFixer boroughs were happy to help out. Take a look at the trailer.

FilmFixer CEO Karen Everett says, “This series takes a fresh turn, occurring in a Britain divided between synths and the humans. At the end of the last series, the synths achieved consciousness and things have not gone smoothly.

“The synth community itself is starting to fall apart, and some of the filming we supported saw this. The private location, the Peckham Liberal Club in Southwark, played an apartment where news reports about the unrest are causing concern and a synth called Agnes starts to panic inside her box.

“In this series the synth Niska, played by Emily Berrington, spends much of the time under cover. The Peckham Liberal Club was also used as a location where she heads inside a home and up to the loft to power down.

“It was Niska’s persuasiveness that led to the synths achieving consciousness in the last episode of series 2.

“Those scenes were filmed in November last year with 80 cast and crew.

“In September, 40 cast and crew were in Bexley to film a scene where two characters break into a car before heading off along Maidstone Road, North Cray Road, Edgington Way and Cray Road.

“We organised a two point road closure with a manual stop and go to make the break-in scene possible. We asked for strict controls so traffic could only be stopped for three minutes at a time and the production wasn’t allowed to cause traffic to back up.

“We deliberately permitted the filming on a quiet street, Powerscroft Road in Sidcup, which didn’t cause any problems to local traffic.

“Bexley residents are looking forward to seeing the small part their neighbourhood plays in the hit show.”

In her Channel 4 press package interview Emily Berrington said doing lots of scenes with William Hurt in the first series led her to researching AI.

She said Hurt was, “Just on another level of intelligence!… So I thought ‘Right, if we’re going to be able to have good conversations about AI, I need to go off and read some articles… I got particularly interested in the fact that the main problem with the development of AI is looking for genuine artificial consciousness’.”

Despite the politics examined in the show, Berrington isn’t sure her own campaigning qualifies her for a role in real politics, saying, “Good politicians have to have far thicker skins than actors do, and I don’t know, yet, if I have that. I definitely feel really passionate about specific causes, and that’s something I’ll stay totally involved with.”