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London location manager Sue Quinn honoured at the Production Guild Awards

Date posted: 01.10.2014

On Saturday night, the Production Guild Awards paid tribute to leading UK film and television production professionals – among them was Sue Quinn, a location manager who frequently makes London shine on the big screen.

The awards, introduced in the Guild's 15th anniversary year, showcase the UK's capabilities as leading centre for film and television production and the destination of choice for international film and programme makers.

Traffic-stopping talent

Sue Quinn received the Panavision Project Management Award, recognising her remarkable achievements on Warner Bros' sci-fi thriller Edge of Tomorrow, which saw her successfully negotiate the closure of Trafalgar Square - to allow Tom Cruise's character land a helicopter in its centre and capture one of the film's most iconic scenes.

Flying the flag for the capital

And Edge of Tomorrow isn't the only time Quinn's work has helped showcase the wealth of locations on offer in the capital. Other London-shot films which benefitted from her involvement include the Harry Potter series, Billy Elliot, Notting Hill and Dirty Pretty Things, as well as the upcoming Guy Ritchie directed remake of The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

Reacting to Quinn's win, Film London and British Film Commission Chief Executive Adrian Wootton said, "I am delighted Sue's outstanding work has been recognised with this Award." Labelling her "One of the best location managers in the UK" Wootton emphasised that "her skill and dedication has seen London shine on screen in a number of iconic productions from Notting Hill through to Harry Potter"

 On a more personal note he added "She has also been an invaluable adviser for us as Film London as a member of our Task Force, helping to transform London into the film friendly city it is today."

Chaired by Lord Puttnam, the Film London Executive Task Force is made up of senior representatives from the industry. Addressing key issues affecting filmmaking in the capital, it works to ensure location filming is conducted as efficiently and successfully as possible.

Quinn is currently putting her skills to use on David Yates' upcoming Tarzan, a twist on the story which sees Alexander Skarsgård as the vine-swinging jungle dweller acclimatised to urban life in the modern-day capital.

Awarding excellence in UK production

The evening saw four prizes awarded in total, each highlighting an individual who had made an outstanding contribution the UK film and television production industry in recent years.

Producer Steve Clark-Hall, whose credits include London-shot Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, and Calendar Girls, picked up the Creative Skillset Mentor Award in recognition of his dedication to helping the career development of young producers and production crew.

The British Film Commission Rising Star Award went to Hannah Godwin, whose recent work has included production supervising on Into the Woods and London-shot Muppets Most Wanted.

Finally, strategic policy advisor Stephen Bristow was awarded the Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden Contribution to the Industry Award, in recognition of his tireless work lobbying for the high-end television tax relief and the recent changes to the film tax relief that have transformed the industry.

The four winners were nominated by the Production Guild's industry membership, and selected by juries of leading industry professionals.

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