Mission Impossible, Mike Leigh and a cult graphic novel: what’s shooting in London
Date posted: 10.07.2017
The capital is packed with new productions shooting this month, from TV comedy to sci-fi features.
In the world of television, Deep State, from Endor Productions, is an espionage thriller about an ex-spy who is drawn back into the world of undercover intelligence. Filming locations include Casablanca and London.
From Channel 4, The End of the Fucking World is adapted from Charles Forsman’s popular graphic novel. The dark comic drama follows two teenage outsiders who embark on a road trip to find one of their estranged fathers, while the other escapes into violent fantasies that become may well become reality. The TV series moves the setting from the US to the UK and stars Jessica Barden (The Lobster) and Alex Lawther (The Imitation Game).
BBC One six-part comedy series Edith stars Alison Steadman as a widow who plans to remarry and move abroad for a life of sunshine with her fiancé (a return to TV from John Cleese). But her dreams are put on hold with the unexpected – and unwelcome – return of her middle-aged son. The series also stars Jason Watkins and Jessica Hynes.
Boasting an all-star cast, FX series Trust follows the fortunes of the famous Getty dynasty, focusing on the kidnapping of John Paul Getty III in Rome in 1973. Directed by Danny Boyle, the series stars Donald Sutherland, Hilary Swank, Anna Chancellor, Brendan Fraser, and newcomer Harris Dickinson.
Returning for a third series is BBC Three sitcom Josh, starring Josh Widdicombe with Beattie Edmondson and Elis James.
On the silver screen, Mission Impossible returns for the sixth instalment in the franchise, with Tom Cruise starring again as agent Ethan Hunt and Rebecca Ferguson as Ilsa Faust.
Mike Leigh’s new project, Peterloo, delves into events surrounding the infamous Peterloo Massacre of 1819, which saw British government forces charge into a crowd of 60,000 protesters, killing 15 and injuring hundreds. The production has also been filming in Lincolnshire and West Yorkshire.
Other features shooting in the capital include WWII-set action horror Overlord, US paratroopers who uncover supernatural forces while carrying out a crucial D-Day mission in a Nazi-occupied village behind enemy lines; drama The Flood, starring Lena Headey as an immigration officer deciding the fate of a dangerous asylum seeker; and futuristic sci-fi thriller Conception, set in a future where couples are chosen by the government to conceive.
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