Out now in cinemas is the much anticipated spin off in the “Fast and Furious” franchise: Hobbs and Shaw. The 9th instalment of the increasingly popular franchise starring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Jason Statham as Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw respectively, follows the unlikely allies who are forced to team up against a greater threat who is threatening the world with a deadly virus. Idris Elba, making a Tower Hamlets appearance yet again, also plays the villain in this high octane action flick.
With filming taking place across multiple global locations including London, Glasgow and Hawaii last year, the Tower Hamlets Film Office, managed by The Film Office facilitated a variety of shoots across the borough. Locations included the historic conservation area around Arnold Circus and Calvert Avenue, bustling Petticoat Lane Market and Cheshire Street.
Olwyn Hinds, the Film Officer on the job commented “When productions of this scale roll into town, there are always multiple obstacles to get over to ensure a smooth shoot on the day. Preparation and consultation are key components in achieving a great shoot; the production required multiple road closures, large lighting rigs and carefully choreographed stunts and it was fantastic to see all the hard work come to fruition on the day. With not one complaint, the shoot was a great success and incorporated many local businesses, stall holders and local estates with the associated benefits prevalent in the immediate community. The production also supplied work experience opportunities within the locations team for candidates from a local charity – a real bonus for those eager to break into the industry. I can’t wait to go see the finished results in the cinema.”
Location Manager, Rachel Hyde, had this to say:
“When scouting on Hobbs & Shaw our Creatives fell in love with the hustle and bustle and architecture of East London, in particular our night shots along Wentworth Street. We approached Tower Hamlets, knowing it was going to be a hard task filming nights scenes within a highly residential area and prepping during the daytime of a busy market but similarly to every Location we propose to them, they approached our filming with a positive outlook. We began our consultations and held a resident meeting which ended with a positive outcome. The shoot was busy and we were working closely with 2 boroughs being on the border of the City of London. We ended up filming 3 key scenes within a close radius to each other, the 2 x Day/Night Shoots were a success and the positive representation of East London Filmmaking within the film speaks for itself. Filming of this scale cannot happen without the support of the local film officers and the reason why big Hollywood Productions will keep returning”