Feature Films with Tom Hardy and Jackie Chan
Only 2 months into the new year and the Tower Hamlets streets are already brimming with filming and photoshoots. Tom Hardy is back in the borough after the success of his movie Legend - this time to film Steven Knight's new eight-part BBC drama series, Taboo. The pair previously worked together on TV series 'Peaky Blinders' and the one man film 'Locke'.
The majority of the BBC mini series production will be shot in the Stepney Green area. An ideal 1814 location with it's beautiful cobbled streets.
The Film Office has been working closely with the production team in the the bourough to ensure thorough consultation were had with local residents. Due to the long period of filming in the area it was imporant to have face to face consultation with local residents and sending out a number of resdent letters.
Hardy plays the role of Jame Keziah Delaney a rogue adventurer who returns to 1814 London after 10 years in Africa to discover that he has been left a mysterious legacy by his father. The series' cast includes Michael Kelly (House of Cards), Jonathan Pryce (Pirates of the Caribbean), and David Hayman (Macbeth).
Taboo is based on an original story by Hardy and his father Chips Hardy, who is also the show's consulting producer.
"The Film Office assisted us with large scale period filming in a highly sensitive residential street. Their expertise in the local area and their understanding of the filming process made our shoot both possible and hassle free." - Duncan Laing Location Manager
Jackie Chan currenlty filing his new movie The Foreigner and it has already made global news before it's been released. This month has seen a bus explosion on the Labeth Bridge in central London.
Some of the production for the movie took place at the West India Dock in Tower Hamlets. Working with the Canal & River Trust we granted permission for filiming in the area and informed local residents and businesses of the activity with our consultation.
Stephen Leather's 1992 novel The Chinaman has been adapted and ready for option through upstart production company STX. The Foreigner will pit Jackie Chan's protagonist, "a restaurant owner in London's Chinatown," against Irish terrorists.
While Chan is known mostly for action and family friendly pictures, a suspense picture like The Foreigner might be a brilliant change of pace for his career.
Sky 1 crime drama series Stan Lee''s Lucky Man, visited Tower Hamlets. Produced by Carnival Films and from a concept by comic-book legend Stan Lee, the series stars James Nesbitt as DI Harry Clayton. A cop from Central London's notorious Murder Squad, Nesbitt is given a charm that seems to confer upon the wearer the ability to control luck. We facilitated filming across numerous Tower Hamlets locations throughout their filming period, with the standout action involving a diamond heist on Leyden Street.
As always our local residents and businesses are our top priority when determining if the shoot request can proceed or not. With the shoot involving stunt driving using motor bikes and fake police cars our focus was always to ensure local daily life could proceed without being impacted by the filming. We ensured the production had in place their traffic management plans along with qualified operatives and Chapter 8 signage; specific camera positions; the presence of a MET police officer; for 2 letter drops completed to local residents with parking suspension maps. All risk assessments and method statements were in place with our Film Officer present on the day of the shoot. In addition, the production took full advantage of our parking services, with unit bases at Victoria Park and Tobacco Dock. The shoot was a resounding success and we're very much looking forward to watching the final results.