The Langham in Burnt
Date posted: 01.11.2015
Director and producer John Wells (August: Osage Country) directs a tale of redemption in Burnt. Starring Bradley Cooper (American Sniper), Sienna Miller (Foxcatcher) and Daniel Brühl (Woman in Gold), the film follows the trajectory of a fallen talented chef trying to turn his life around doing what he loves most.
Reaching for the stars
Drug problems and temperamental behaviour cause Adam Jones (Cooper) to lose his reputation as a high flying chef in a Parisian restaurant. London serves up a delicious backdrop as Jones seeks to recapture his glory days in the professional kitchen, navigating his way through setting up a top class London restaurant with a mission to achieve three Michelin stars.
Location Manager Michael Harm had an enviable task researching the storyline and location brief, saying that "the best part was that the director and designer wanted to visit every high end restaurant and meet with every top chef in the business as part of their research for the film."
Having gone through the process of meeting with top restaurants around the capital, Harm decided that the striking grandeur of The Langham made it the perfect fit for Burnt, saying "we were looking for an iconic and famous London hotel with huge character and class. There are not too many choices which photograph as well as The Langham."
Getting into the kitchen
Harm then approached Bjorn Bonnes, Director of Entertainment Sales at The Langham, saying that Bonnes "was key in persuading the hotel management to take part [and] managed to bring on board Roux at The Landau and let us take over their restaurant for three days filming."
Extensive access was given to the production team in both the restaurant and fully operational kitchen. This came with a unique set of challenges, as Harm explains: "The organisation around shooting in a fully occupied working hotel and in a very busy and successful high end restaurant comes with serious complexities."
Bonnes and his team were able to accommodate for the shoot, having been heavily involved in the preparations in the months leading up to it. Bonnes says "During the filming we also had five weddings taking place and neither crew nor guests knew of each other because of the seamless flow", a testament to successful communication between the location and the crew, which was facilitated by Bonnes being included on the teams radio channel during filming.
Other areas involved in filming included the restaurant entrance from All Soul's Church, the main hotel entrance and lobby, the back of house corridors, and inside various signature suites, highlighting the hotels visual versatility.
Recipe for success
Bonnes praised the production, saying "Cass Marks together with Michael, Asha Sharma and the location team were such a delight to work with and absolutely brilliant." His praise was echoed by the crew and location team, as Harm says "The Langham Hotel, and especially Bjorn Bonnes and his team, made it the best part of the shoot. It just was great fun and went like a dream".
Bonnes concludes: "to see another side of [the film industry] was exciting and shows the importance it has in London's economy today. The beautiful combination of a feature film production and our iconic hotel really showcases the beauty of hospitality, London, the film industry and of course a stellar cast."
About The Langham
The Langham in London opened as Europe's first 'Grand Hotel' in June 1865 and celebrated its 150th anniversary this year.
Its stunning Victorian façade is also home to:
- London's largest six-bedroom penthouse, The Sterling Suite
- A Victorian Grade II listed Grand Ballroom
- The unique Langham Club Lounge
- The David Collins designed Artesian bar
- The Art Deco Palm Court
The Langham has also been host to a variety of productions, including Goldeneye and Red 2, as well as television shows such as HBO's VEEP, ITV's Surprise Surprise, The X-Factor, The Apprentice and MasterChef.
For filming at The Langham please contact:
Björn Bonnes / Director of Entertainment Sales / 020 7373 7546 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Aysem Monaco Imison / Regional Director of Public Relations / 020 7973 7540 / email@example.com