London-shot Before I Go To Sleep hits cinemas
Date posted: 10.09.2014
Oscar-winning stars Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth joined Mark Strong in London to film psychological thriller Before I Go To Sleep. In UK cinemas now, it tells the story of woman who wakes up every day remembering nothing.
The film is based on the bestselling novel by NHS clinical scientist SJ Watson published two years ago, which was quickly snapped up by Ridley Scott's production company, Scott Free London. Directed by Rowan Joffé (Brighton Rock), the ilm made the most of London's facilities - shooting on location and in the studio.
Before I Go To Sleep joins Guardians of the Galaxy and Edge of Tomorrow as recently released London-shot films, proving how popular the city is becoming as a location for high-end feature production.
Filmed predominantly on set at Twickenham Studio, the shoot hit the headlines when Nicole Kidman headed out of the studio to film on location at Greenwich Park.
"Clearing the main artery through Greenwich Park for that crane shot required a huge amount of help" recalls location manager Jason Wheeler. Luckily the Royal Parks, Local Film Office and Council were on hand to provide exactly the support he needed.
Location, Location, Location
A location for a scene can be key to telling the story, as Wheeler explains, "We spent a very long time on the prep and scouting for all the locations for Before I Go To Sleep, as what the locations themselves needed to communicate was integral to the film and story."
The shot is just a small moment in the final film, but it is a powerful one. As Wheeler reflected: "Filmmaking so often comes down to a combination of brief but important cinematic moments such as this - the hard work of everyone involved for that one 'beat' were definitely worth it and much appreciated."
Perhaps because of this winning formula, Greenwich in is increasingly popular as a movie set, with films such as the Oscar-winning Les Miserables filming at the Old Royal Naval College.
Last seen together in another London-shot production, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy , Mark Strong and Colin Firth shine as the multi-layered, complex male characters in Nicole Kidman's life.
Firth plays her husband while Strong is the neuropsychologist who gives Kidman the digital camera that unravels the mysteries and complexities of the story.
Lost memory, paranoia and suspicion run deep throughout the film, with characters unsure who to trust and who to believe. DoP Ben David (Kick-Ass) conveys these themes and motifs with muted palettes and intimate hand-held camera work. Before I Go To Sleep is a psychological thriller not to be missed this Autumn.
Before I Go To Sleep is out in cinemas now.