Heygate Estate in Harry Brown
Date posted: 01.11.2009
Michael Caine stars in urban thriller, Harry Brown. The feature debut of director Daniel Barber was set and shot in South East London and the Heygate Estate in Elephant and Castle was used for one the of key filming sequences.
Caine plays an elderly widower and former Royal Marine who has lived to see his South London neighborhood overrun by violent gangs, drugs and crime. When his best friend is brutally murdered and the gang leader responsible walks free (a chilling performance from Ben Drew), Harry finds himself snapping and looks to seek his own personal justice.
With a sharp script and a strong supporting cast, including Emily Mortimer as Frampton and Eden Lake's Jack O'Connell as one of the most sympathetic gang members, this new British crime drama has been described by Producer Kris Thykier as a "modern urban western".
The production filmed predominately in Southwark, with several crucial scenes set in the Heygate Estate. One particularly brutal riot, abundant with extras, was shot overnight in the area. The estate has been extremely popular with film-makers, with Clint Eastwood to be the most recent director to have chosen this location.
Built in the 1970s the estate has a mixture of low-rise and high-rise buildings, as well as a series of walkways, stairs and bridges linking different parts. This iconic inner-city backdrop is soon due to disappear however, as the area is now undergoing one of the largest regeneration schemes in Europe.
To film at the Heygate Estate please contact the Southwark Film Office on 0845 833 1523 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.