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Lara Croft, synchronised swimming and cocaine: what’s shooting in London

Date posted: 02.06.2017

Summer’s here, and the time is right for filming in the street – this month a swathe of new film and TV productions are cutting a dash in London’s streets and studios. Find out what's shooting right now.

In features, France comes to London with Colette, a biopic of the famous French novelist best known for her novella Gigi. The film stars Keira Knightly and Dominic West, and is directed by Wash Westmoreland (Still Alice).

From Warner Bros, Tomb Raider is back, an origin story about archaeologist adventurer Lara Croft played by Alicia Vikander. Lara’s eccentric adventurer father vanished when she was a child; now wheeling through the streets of East London as a bike courier, she feels impelled to journey to the remote island where he disappeared and solve the mystery of what happened.

The Hatton Garden Job might be in cinemas now, but we can’t get enough of a bit of diamond thievery – another version of the true story, Night in Hatton Garden is currently shooting in London. The Working Title caper film is based on the real events of 2015 when a group of retirees tunnelled into the Holborn jewellery vault, featuring a classic Brit cast of Jim Broadbent, Michael Caine, Ray Winstone, Michael Gambon and Paul Whitehouse.

Still on London’s seedy side, Idris Elba is making his directorial debut with Yardie, a big screen adaptation of Victor Headley’s book about a young Jamaican cocaine courier who rises through the ranks of London’s drug-dealing underbelly.

Want pugs not drugs? Patrick follows a young woman whose life is turned around when she inherits her grandmother’s spoilt pug. Meanhile, Swimming with Men (Met Film Production) stars Rob Brydon as a man who finds new meaning in his life when he joins a synchronised swimming team to try to win back his wife. Locations being used include London, Hertfordshire and Essex.

On the small screen, six-part ITV series Next of Kin is a contemporary thriller in which the brother of a GP Mona Shirani  (Archie Panjabi) is murdered, bringing up past family secrets and putting her loved ones in danger. The series will be directed by Justin Chadwick, previously BAFTA and Emmy nominated as best director for the 2006 TV series Bleak House.


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