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Mary Poppins, Disobedience and Hard Sun: what’s shooting in London

Date posted: 13.02.2017

Shooting in London this chilly February are a variety of toasty new film and TV productions.

From Film4 and Element Pictures, Disobedience is an adaptation of Naomi Alderman’s novel about a young woman who returns to her orthodox Jewish home in North London after she learns of the death of her estranged rabbi father, connecting with a childhood friend and throwing the community into disarray. The film stars Rachel McAdams and Rachel Wiesz, and is directed by Sebastián Lelio (Gloria). It has been filming in London locations including Golders Green, Hampstead Garden Suburb, and Madia Vale.

Also filming now is the highly anticipated Mary Poppins Returns from Disney, starring Emily Blunt and directed by Rob Marshall (Into the Woods, Chicago). The all-star cast also includes Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Emily Mortimer, Ben Whishaw, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Dick Van Dyke and Julie Walters. Leading on from the classic Edwardian-set film, the action moves to 1930s London, as an adult Jane and Michael Banks deal with personal loss.

Features still shooting in the capital are the Edison and Westinghouse biopic The Current War, and a comic take on the Sherlock Holmes mysteries, Holmes and Watson.

On the small screen, Gone is a new contemporary drama from Sky Atlantic, set on a south east London housing estate. It follows an unlikely hero – a drinker, womaniser, liar and fighter – who is accused of a terrible crime and must find the real culprit to clear his name. The series stars Suranne Jones and Stephen Graham, and was written by co-star Lennie James (Snatch, The Walking Dead) and directed by Nick Murphy (The Awakening). 

Meanwhile Hard Sun, from BBC One, is a pre-apocalyptic crime drama following two chalk-and-cheese detectives who must work together to enforce the law, protect their loved ones, and try to survive impending doom. Written by Neil Cross (Luther), the series will star Jim Sturgess and Agyness Deyn, with lead director Brian Kirk (Game of Thrones).

TV productions still shooting are video game comedy drama Loaded, dark relationship drama Liar, organised crime drama McMafia, the second season of The Crown, and detective series The Cormoran Strike Mysteries.