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Pinewood Shepperton Studios in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Date posted: 01.08.2005

The colourful imagination of film director Tim Burton once again brings a new and improved remake to our screens. The beloved Roald Dahl classic, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, is released nationwide on Friday 29 June. This PG rated film shot extensively in one of London's largest studios, Pinewood Shepperton.

Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with Village Roadshow Pictures, a Zanuck Company / Plan B Production. Johnny Depp takes the starring role as the weirdly wonderful Willy Wonka. He is joined by a stellar cast including Helena Bonham Carter, Freddie Highmore and Christopher Lee.

The story is based around a phantasmagorical sweet factory shrouded in mystery. No-one has been seen entering or leaving its grounds for fifteen years, but a huge change is about to take place. Willy Wonka announces that he will open the doors to his famous factory to five lucky children who find golden tickets hidden inside randomly selected Wonka chocolate bars.

Charlie, being so poor he is only able to afford one chocolate bar a year, buys a Wonka Whipple-Scrumptious Fudgemallow Delight and is overjoyed to find he is one of the lucky few to pass through the gates into the wonderland that lies beyond...

Pinewood Shepperton Studios, with backlots and grounds covering over 200 acres, housed all the large sets for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The inside of the chocolate factory was constructed in one of the stages and the backlots accommodated the factory façade, the surrounding town and the exterior of Charlie's house.

Pinewood Shepperton's facilities are used for major national and international film production, filmed television, studio television recording, the filming of commercials and post production sound services.

The group now consists of Pinewood Studios, Shepperton Studios and Teddington Studios. With 41 stages, including 6 digital tv studios, audio post facilities, preview theatres, backlots, gardens and woodland for outdoor shooting, one of Europe's largest exterior water tanks, a new dedicated underwater stage and full production support services at both sites.  

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