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Tate Modern in Children of Men

Date posted: 01.09.2006

'The Children of Men' is a dystopian novel by P.D. James. She presents a world in which humans can no longer procreate. Academy Award®-nominated film-maker Alfonso Cuarón has taken this source material and created a startling vision of the future. This mesmerizing thriller is released nationwide on 22 September by UIP.

Earth, 2027: hope is dwindling. It has been nearly 19 years since the last baby was born. Most people have accepted the fate of the world, but one man continues the fight. Theo Faron (Clive Owen), a disillusioned ex-activist turned bureaucrat, undertakes a journey to save a miraculously pregnant woman. It becomes his personal mission to restore faith in the future of humanity.

Children of Men shot in the UK at the request of Cuarón. Having previously directed Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban at Leavesden Studios, he has built up high opinions of the quality of the crews and film-makers.

Some of London's busiest landmarks were caught on film, including Tate Modern. In Children of Men Tate's Turbine Hall doubles as the entrance to the Ministry of Arts, owned by Theo's cousin, Nigel. 

Film London liaised with the Tate to enable filming to take place. There were a number of filming obstacles to overcome, such as sufficient daylight at the location, preserving and maintaining the exhibition in situ at the time and ensuring minimum disruption to visitors.

Bankside Power Station was transformed into Tate Modern by the Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron in 2000. The former Turbine Hall, running the whole length of the vast building, now marks a breathtaking entrance to the gallery. An escalator sweeps through two floors featuring a café, shop and auditorium to three levels of galleries. At the top of the building is a two storey glass roof which not only provides natural light into the galleries on the top floors, but also houses a stunning café offering outstanding views across London.

For filming enquiries contact Christopher Webster on 020 7887 8867 or email christopher.webster@tate.org.uk.

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