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Image of The view from the Rooftop of the Old Truman Brewery

Old Truman Brewery in Trance

Date posted: 01.03.2013

Directed by Oscar-winner Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting), Trance follows Simon, a fine art auctioneer played by James McAvoy, who teams up with a criminal gang led by Vincent Cassel, to steal a work of art worth millions of dollars. After suffering a blow to the head during the heist Simon has no memory of where he has hidden the painting and the gang hire a hypnotherapist to delve into the darkest recesses of his psyche.

Boyle based the production at 3 Mills Studios in east London, which he also used to produce and rehearse his triumphant Olympic Opening Ceremony. A huge fan of the studio, it is the fourth film he has shot at the facility.

Trance was almost exclusively shot in London and with the production in close proximity to the east of the city, Brick Lane's Truman Brewery proved to be the obvious choice to film the cityscape with its accessible rooftop with a view which evoked the desired atmosphere.

To help achieve the ambience and city skyline Boyle required, location manager Charlotte Wright was tasked with keeping three of the city's major tall buildings lit through the night on the day of shooting. Wright explains that for one of the buildings they had to "arrange for their cleaning staff to walk the floors to keep the lights on override, another building had student digs lit up".

Rhiannon Newson, at the events department at the Old Truman Brewery, admired the team's determination to get the shots they wanted. Referencing a particularly unusual task, where they had to transport a large sculpture structure from one rooftop to another, Newson, recalls "this resulted in the production team having to battle with a 6ft model of a cockroach".

Trance, with support from Film London, shot at locations across the capital including the Film Museum, the V&A, St Bart's Hospital, Ministry of Sound, Millennium Mills and the Blue Fin Building amongst others.

The Truman Brewery is an 11 acre site of listed old brewery buildings, including warehouses and lofts (both old and modern) and sits right in the centre of east London. Locations available range from yards & glass fronted office buildings through to attics, basements, bar/cafe, exhibition gallery, shop units. In addition to the derelict buildings, rooftops, stables, stairs, alleyways, cobbled forecourt, and large atrium reception, there is the rooftop with great views of the capital. The Brewery also includes space for unit base parking and there is potential for production office space on site as well.

Also filmed at the Brewery are forthcoming films A Long Way Down and Dom Hemmingway. Previous productions include Whitechapel and Match Point.

Trance is released by Pathe nationwide on March 27th 2013.