St Pancras International in I Give It A Year
Date posted: 01.02.2013
Written and directed by Dan Mazer (Ali G, The Dictator), I Give It A Year is certainly a romcom with a twist. Featuring an unlikely pair, high-flying Nat (Rose Byrne) and struggling novelist Josh (Rafe Spall) who, despite their differences, have been deliriously happy and decide to tie the knot. After the beginnings of a typical romcom plot, Mazer follows the couple's trials and tribulations in the lead-up to their first anniversary.
The film was shot almost exclusively in London, including at St Pancras International, a popular filming location and the perfect choice for the I Give It A Year's culminating scenes, with two of the lead attempting to depart on Eurostar. The filming comprised of two consecutive overnight shoots on the platforms with two Eurostar trains and a large cast and crew of 85.
Lesley Retallack, Head of Events & CSR at Eurostar says, "It was a challenging shoot, with many different elements and logistics". This included working with the station to minimise impact on commuters travelling in from the continent. Charlotte Wright, Location Manager adds, "the script demanded two nights of filming which had never been achieved before and was a challenge for the team at Eurostar to help pull off for us".
Filming at St Pancras Renaissance Hotel took place on the forecourt. Natasha Thorne, Sales Manager at the hotel says whilst filming was taking place "the biggest challenge was providing minimal disruption to our guests whilst ensuring the filming ran as efficiently as possible". Working around guests to ensure that the forecourt continued to be operational was key, as well as being as discreet as possible.
In realising the Director's vision, Wright adapted to the challenges by incorporating the exterior filming of St Pancras Renaissance Hotel with the initial shots required on the platform. She praises all involved in delivering the shoot giving "thanks to the hard work and support of Eurostar, Network Rail and the Renaissance Hotel."
Following an £800 million architectural restoration extension, St Pancras International has been transformed into a modern, world-class terminal and a unique landmark for London. With its impressive Victorian Gothic architecture, large open concourse and sky blue roof spanning 243 ft, St Pancras International provides a truly stunning location.
The station was opened in 1867 as the London terminus of the Midland Railway. The 689ft long train shed was constructed of glass and iron and described as one of the wonders of Victorian engineering, spanning 240 ft and standing 100 ft above the rails. Many original Victorian Gothic features have been preserved and there are cobbled street entrances under railway arches. The Rendezvous, located on the upper level, has a variety of restaurants and the longest Champagne Bar in Europe, with Eurostar trains gliding into the Barlow Shed and its iconic statues and clock.
Other productions to feature the station include Bridget Jones Diary and Law & Order UK and more recently Parade's End, The Bletchley Circle and Jab Tak Hai Jaan, whilst Eurostar has featured in a Samsung commercial and Sky Atlantic idents.
Originally the Midland Grand Hotel, designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott and opened in 1873, the hotel reopened as the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel London in May 2011. The stunning redbrick building with its magnificent interior has been painstakingly restored. The sweeping forecourt provides a fitting entrance to the hotel with its gold-leaf ceilings, ornate wall murals, spectacular grand staircase (with windows measuring over 50 feet, wrought iron ballustrading and crowned by an elaborately vaulted ceiling).
The 245-room hotel consists of the historic St Pancras Chambers, housing elegant and spacious Victorian bedroom suites, and Barlow House. The hotel also features a 450-capacity event hall, a private club, a barber's shop, a luxury spa including a swimming pool and treatment rooms. The location is a unique twist of classic and contemporary: the high ceilings and dramatic, draping windows allow a flood of light throughout the building allowing it to feel airy and bright whilst the neo-Gothic architecture also allows a rich Victorian feel.
Prior to its refurbishment, the hotel featured in Batman Begins, and has since appeared in Bletchley Circle, Parade's End and Harry Potter.
To film at St Pancras International, contact Felicity Jump on 020 7904 7375 / 07887 896411 / firstname.lastname@example.org
To film at Eurostar, contact Lesley Retallack, Head of Events & CSR on 020 7843 5300 / 07802 260097 / email@example.com
To film at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, contact Georgina Bentley-Leek on 020 7841 3547 / 07881 312162 / firstname.lastname@example.org or Natasha Thorne, Sales Manager, at email@example.com