April 2021: London on Screen and Filming

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Alexandra Palace grounds

As production continues in a COVID safe manner, find out what has been filming in the capital this month, as well as the film and TV available to watch from home. Titles include the all-new animated / live action hybrid from long-time frenemies Tom & Jerry, the infamous party antics of Edina and Patsy in Absolutely Fabulous, and a satirical re-telling of history with The Death of Stalin. Find out more below.

COVID-19 Updates and Guidance

On Monday 4th January Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a national lockdown for England, to prevent the spread of COVID-19, with a recovery roadmap outlined.

While this introduces additional restrictions, particularly in social settings, work activity is permitted to continue – including COVID-secure film and television production. By continuing to follow the approved COVID-19 guidance highlighted below, Film and TV production will be able to continue in the Capital and locations can continue to accommodate shoots and recces that are carried out in-line with the guidance.

It is essential that all filming activity is carried out in a COVID secure manner and that industry guidance is rigorously adhered to. As the approved COVID-19 guidance highlight, productions should allow sufficient time to plan shoots to ensure that they can film in a COVID-secure environment.

Productions also have a duty to check the specifics of any local restrictions where they are working.

Any further amendments to guidelines will be highlighted on our COVID-19 Updates and Guidance page, so please check regularly for updates.

Production guidance for Film and High-End TV Drama is now available with the publication of ‘Working Safely During COVID-19 in Film and High-end TV Drama Production’by the British Film Commission, produced as part of wider BFI Screen Sector COVID-19 Task Forces recovery initiatives.

In collaboration with the London Filming Partnership, Film London have created guidance for crews filming in public spaces in London. The COVID-19 Guidanceprovides a checklist of actions for crews to ensure that they operate within government guidelines and mitigate the risk of spreading COVID-19 when on location.

Film London remains fully operational, delivering for the industry and sharing official advice and support. For advice on London locations, studios and facilities, email locations@filmlondon.org.uk

TV/Online

Still of Tom & Jerry: The Movie. Animated cat pouncing on animated mouse

Tom & Jerry: The Movie, courtesy of Warner Bros.

Long-time frenemies Tom and Jerry are back on our screens for yet another literal cat and mouse chase in Tom & Jerry: The Movie, available to purchase on Amazon Prime, Sky Store and other participating digital platforms. When mischievous mouse Jerry moves into a prestigious New York hotel, feline foe Tom is hired to get rid of the 'mouse problem'. However, something more sinister is threatening the hotel, and Tom and Jerry must do the unthinkable to help save the day.... work together! Blending live action with animation, 100% of the animation was produced in the capital.

From one famous duo, to another. Following the desperate but ever so glamorous lives of Edina and Patsy, Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, will be available to watch on Disney+ from 23 April. Edina's PR career takes a turn for the worst (if even possible) when in an attempt to bag her as a client at a swanky party, accidentally pushes supermodel Kate Moss into the Thames, causing public outrage and the pair fleeing to the south of France. With the Thames playing an important role, scenes were filmed on Bankside and Tower Bridge. All six series of the original TV show are available to binge over on BBC iPlayer.

Still of Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie. Two women sitting in the back of a car

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures

Political satire film The Death of Stalin is coming to Netflix this month. Set in 1953 Moscow, Soviet dictator Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin suddenly dies after nearly thirty years in power, leaving the members of the Council of Ministers to decide what happens next... Filming took place at various stately institutes such as Blythe House, Alexandra Palace, Freemason's Hall, and Mansion House as well as the town halls of Shoreditch, Fulham and Battersea!

Filming

Season three and four of the award-winning comedy series Atlanta created by and starring Donald Glover, is currently filming in the capital. The series' will continue to follow Earn (Glover) and the gang as they continue to navigate the music industry.