July: London on Screen and Filming
Date posted: 16.07.2019
From Superheroes and industrial advances, to a brand new BBC drama, read all about the productions filming in London this month, as well as what will be hitting our screens.
Spider-Man: Far From Home -the highly anticipated first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe since the momentous Avengers Endgame - hit our cinema screens at the beginning of the month, starring Tom Holland, Jake Gyllenhaal, Zendaya and Samuel L. Jackson. In the wake of Endgame, Peter Parker embarks on a school trip around Europe to try and focus on being a teenager, only to be confronted by Nick Fury and his Spider-Man duties. London is one of three major locations in the film under threat of destruction, with Film London helping to facilitate locations such as the iconic Tower Bridge, as seen in the trailer, as well as Camden.
In cinemas at the end of the month is The Current War which depicts the rivalry between electricity heavyweights Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse for whose electrical system would better power the modern world - Edison's direct current, or Westinghouse's alternating current. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Thomas Edison and Michael Shannon as George Westinghouse, as well as Tom Holland (his second cinema showcase this month) and Nicholas Hoult, London is transformed into 19th century America, using locations including Alexandra Palace, University College London, and Blythe House.
In production throughout July is long-in-development BBC drama Small Axe by British filmmaker Steve McQueen, starring John Boyega and Leticia Wright. The anthology series compromising of six parts and telling five different stories, charts the lives of multiple members of London's West Indian community between the late 1960s and the early 1980s.
Also starting production this month is the second series of Amazon's action drama Hannah, based on the 2011 feature by Joe Wright. The series will continue to follow Hannah, a young girl raised in a remote corner of Europe and trained as a survivalist assassin by her father, with a CIA agent hot on her tails.
With the news of Netflix's UK expansion at Shepperton Studios, production is underway for female-fronted action film The Old Guard, starring Charlize Theron and KiKi Layne. When a small group of immortal mercenaries discover the existence of another just like them and their extraordinary abilities exposed, the team must fight in order to keep together.
For more information on Film and TV productions currently filming in the capital, head over to the Filming in London feature, updated monthly by the Greater London Authority.