As a borough, with a proud history of helping out in the community, we recognise the importance of supporting productions from low to no budget all the way up to large Feature Films and TV Dramas. We manage filming in Tower Hamlets to maximise benefits for the council, its residents and businesses to provide community benefits that extend borough wide – not just in the areas that filming takes place.
Backed by the BFI and Film London, Waiting for God is the directorial début of celebrated playwright Alecky Blythe (London Road). Alecky is known for her verbatim technique which she transfers to film: fact and fiction melding in a unique way to powerful effect. Waiting for God sees two homeless men conversing in a hostel while one awaits news on the accommodation he’s been promised. The actors – Michael Schaeffer and Nick Holder – will learn the dialogue from the original audio recording exactly and replicate on film.
When the production contacted the Tower Hamlets Film Office, managed by The Film Office, seeking a suitable location for their main location, the hostel, we were more than happy to help. Doubling as the hostel, our Empty Nursery located in Mile End offered a fantastic location to suit the productions needs. It has a range of colourful classroom spaces, a kitchen area and a set of toilet cubicles. It also has a small outside play area running the full length of the building. It has both running water and electricity, and can used as a great double for a residential property.
Jody Coffey from the production commented “The team at Tower Hamlets Film Office were incredibly helpful and supportive during the location scouting, prepping & shooting process of WAITING FOR GOD, and beyond. We had quite a task ahead of us and Olwyn helped us find the perfect location within which the characters of Raymond & Keith could really come to life!”
Olwyn Hinds, the Film Officer on the job commented “Filming has ample benefits, both locally and widespread and we recognise the importance of supporting up and coming filmmakers with an industry that is unfortunately famous for its barriers of entry. We were more than happy to assist this production on it’s unique project and it was fantastic to visit them on set on the day.”
We can’t wait to see what the finished result will look like!