February: London on Screen and Filming
Date posted: 05.02.2019
Critically acclaimed drama A Private War - which Film London were proud to support at The Mayor’s Gala during the 62nd London Film Festival 2018 - hits cinema screens this month, filmed in a variety of London locations ranging from the recognisable Goldsmith’s Hall and Butlers Warf, to the residential streets of Camberwell and houses in Islington. Based on true events, the film sees Oscar nominated actress Rosamund Pike play war correspondent Marie Colvin, whose constant quest to depict the truth leads her to the most dangerous assignment of her life in Syria. Pike stars alongside Jamie Dornan and Stanley Tucci.
Also out this month is wrestling comedy Fighting With My Family, directed and written by Steve Merchant and produced by Dwayne Johnson, who also both star. The film is based upon the true story of the Knight family and their dream of taking their small-town wrestling aspirations to the next level through daughter Raya Knight joining the WWE. To capture the sport and the ring, production took place in community halls such as The Mildmay Club, Stoke Newington and Feltham Assembly Hall.
On TV, the return of Morse is imminent as series 6 of ITV’s Endeavour which filmed scenes in the capital, airs on Sunday 10th February.
Matthew Vaughn and Marvel Studios are back at the helm of the Kingsman spy franchise with prequel Kingsman: The Great Game. Set in World War I, London will go back in time as the film explores the origins of the Kingsman intelligence agency. The prequel will star Ralph Fiennes and Harris Dickinson.
Signature Films’ action thriller The Courier starring Gary Oldman and Olga Kurylenko also starts production this month. Directed by Zackary Adler (Rise of the Footsoldier III) and set in London, Kurylenko will play a courier who discovers a dangerous parcel amongst her deliveries, planted by crime lord Oldman.
London will be the backdrop to BBC One’s new 8 episode love story between three people, Trigonometry. When a couple open up their small apartment to a third tenant to help ease expenses, they end up getting more out of the situation than expected. The series is written by Duncan Macmillan and Effie Woods.
On-going productions include Hulu’s Four Weddings and a Funeral and season three of Netflix heavyweight The Crown. Universal’s feature Last Christmas also continues filming, co-scripted by Emma Thompson and Bryony Kimmings and inspired by the 1984 Wham! hit with the same title.