May 2021: London on Screen and Filming

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Cinemas are set to safely welcome back audiences this month, and Film London remains on hand to support productions filming in the capital's streets and studios. We've rounded up all the London shot film and TV that May has to offer, from the critically acclaimed Ammonite and highly anticipated Cruella in cinemas, to sci-fi series The Nevers available to watch at home, as well as what productions are filming.

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

Cinema

Still on Ammonite. Mid shot of two women, one with their head on the other's shoulder

Ammonite, courtesy of BBC Films, BFI, See-Saw Films

The silver screen is back! As of May 17th, cinemas in the capital will start to safely welcome back audiences with a selection of independent features and blockbusters.

Having been released on demand back in March, romantic drama Ammonite is now heading to selected cinemas from May 17th. Set in 1840s England and filming scenes in London, Kate Winslet stars as solitary fossil hunter Mary Anning working on the coastline of Lyme Regis. But this all changes when Mary begrudgingly accepts the company of young woman Charlotte Murchison. Seemly worlds apart, the pair soon develop intense relationship, changing their lives forever.

If it's family fun your after, then look no further than Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway which filmed scenes on location in Richmond.The fun-loving, mischievous rabbit returns for a second instalment,which sees Peter - bored of life in the garden - venture out of the gates and further afield, resulting in chaos for all involved!

Finally, the highly anticipated origin story of Disney's most fashionable villain, Cruella, hits cinemas on the 28th May. Emma Stone stars a young de Vil - an aspiring fashion designer with no luck. But when a chance encounter with the fashion elite reignites her flame, Cruella's ambition has no limit... Filming took place all over the capital, from Waterloo Bridge to Great Marlborough Street and the Royal Naval College Greenwich.

TV

Still of The Nevers, two women in Victorian dress holding each other

The Nevers, courtesy of HBO

Airing Monday nights on BBC One and available on iPlayer is comedy series StarStruck. Set in London, the series follows Jessie, who after spending the night with a global film star - his fame unbeknown to her - has to now navigate the unchartered waters of stardom.

New to Sky this month is sci-fi drama series and London set The Nevers, following a group of Victorian women with unusual abilities known as the 'Touched', on a mission that could change the world. Filming took place at Southwark's Trinity Church Square, The Mall and Wimbledon.

Also on Sky One is the second series of Breeders. Filmed in the capital, the show follows couple Paul and Ally played by Martin Freeman and and Daisy Haggard, as they navigate the ups and downs of parenthood.

Online

If it's a holiday you're craving, then get your fix (or be put off) with The Inbetweeners Movie, available on All 4. Fresh off the back of their A-Levels, awkward best friends Will, Jay, Neil and Simon head to Malia for sun, sea and shenanigans but in true Inbetweeners style, things don't necessarily go to plan....Clapham's Infernos Nightclub and Premiere Location Ministry of Sound doubled as holiday clubs, whilst filming also took place on location in Ruislip and Abbots Langley.

Filming

Some stellar productions are set to film this month, ranging from the second series of scandalous costume drama Bridgerton, the untitled Indiana Jones project starring Harrison Ford and Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Aquaman 2.