Tower Hamlets Round Up

The weather may have been grey outside in recent weeks, but this has not deterred the film hardy from making the most of what Tower Hamlets has to offer.

Brick Lane and the Isle of Dogs were awash with festive adornments when feature film, Last Christmas, came to town in the New Year. Written and produced by Emma Thompson, the films star cast includes, Emilia Clarke, Michelle Yeoh and Henry Golding.

It is by no means an easy feat facilitating a busy location such as Brick Lane, and the production did a fantastic job of utilising off street options to make their footprint as minimal as possible. A clever lighting plan included fixing spotlights to a parapet wall and other existing fixtures, that drastically reduced impact on street level.

The production were also happy to accommodate a set visit from a local school.

The Tower Hamlets Film Office, managed by The Film Office, also saw Guy Ritchies, Toff Guys and Molly starring Elle Fanning, Salma Hayek and Javier Barden make appearances in the East End.

A host of TV Drama’s have also been filming in the borough of late including:

The Crown, Gangs of London, The Devils, In The Long Run (pictured), Starstruck and This Way Up.

Pennyworth (pictured), returned for their 2nd visit to Bethnal Green, transforming the streets into 1960’s London. Pennyworth follows Bruce Wayne’s legendary butler, Alfred Pennyworth, a former British SAS soldier who forms a security company and goes to work with Thomas Wayne, Bruce’s billionaire father, in 1960s London.

Due to the period nature of the shoot, a lot of car clearance was necessary, as was street furniture removal. Due to the fact that the shoot took place over three streets, a thorough consultation with local residents and businesses was paramount in ensuring a successful shoot. A donation was made to a charity of the residents choice by means of a thank you from the production company.

Location Manager Emily Caldwell has this to say:

‘We recently carried out filming in the residential streets surrounding Bethnal Green for a new TV Series. The location was established as a reoccurring set for our series, so it was essential that the filming went smoothly. 

The Film Office were hugely important in helping achieve this. They are committed to supporting the communities we film within and ensuring that a positive impression has been left, through constant consideration for the residents and businesses in the area.

The continuous collaboration with the Film Officers, who provide advice and solutions to our problems, is such a vital part of filming in London. I cannot thank them enough for their support with this location, and for answering all of my millions of phone calls!’

Last but not least, we have very much enjoyed helping to facilitate a number of commercial shoots including O2, Lloyds, Adidas and Coco Cola.

Website building platform Squarespace teamed up with Idris Elba and legendary director Spike Jonze to create a series of ads. Tower Hamlets were thrilled to be featured in the opening and closing scenes on the ad, where the iconic towers of Canary Wharf can be clearly seen looming large in the background.

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