November: London on Screen and Filming

Latest 4 Nov 2020

News Story

London skyline framed by two hands

COVID-19

On Saturday 31 October Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a month-long national lockdown for England to commence on Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 December. The intention of this lockdown is to manage COVID19 infection rates whilst enabling "work" activity to continue - including COVID-secure film and television production.

As set out on GOV.UK, workers who cannot work from home should go to their place of work. This means that even in these circumstances film and television production can continue as long as productions operate in a COVID-secure manner. Therefore, by following the approved COVID-19 guidance, Film and TV production will be able to continue in the Capital until further notice.

As the approved COVID-19 guidance highlights, productions should allow sufficient time to plan shoots to ensure that they can film in a COVID-secure environment.

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

Cinemas

Interior of the Castle Cinema in Hackney

The Castle Cinema, Hackney

As of Thursday 5th November, the Government has ordered certain businesses and venues, including cinemas, to close to reduce social contact.

In these difficult times, we believe the magic of the cinema is as important as it ever was. We'd love to encourage you to support your local cinema, by finding out about membership opportunities or attending online screenings.

Find out more on how to support Film Hub London member cinemas

TV

Mangrove still

Mangrove, courtesy of BBC

With Mangrove opening the 2020 BFI London Film Festival, Steve McQueen’s Small Axe film collection will air on BBC One and BBC iPlayer this month. Made up of five films - Mangrove, Lovers Rock, Red, White and Blue, Alex Wheatle and Education - each film tells a story of the West Indian experience in London, celebrating community strength and joy in the face of racism and discrimination. Starring award-winning actors John Boyega, Letitia Wright, Michael Ward and Naomi Ackie, filming took place in areas of the capital where the narratives are set.

HBO and BBC’s financial drama series Industry will air on BBC Two from 10th November. Girls creator and actor Lena Dunham executive produced the series and directed the first episode, which follows a group of ambitious young graduates as they compete to secure a career at a top investment bank. With only a limited number of permanent positions, boundaries quickly blur between colleague, friend and enemy as the graduates immerse themselves in an intense company culture. Set in London, the eight part series shot scenes on location in the capital.

Online

Still of The Crown with Olivia Coleman and two corgis

The Crown, courtesy of Netflix

The hugely anticipated fourth series of The Crown comes to Netflix on 15th November. Continuing to follow the life and reign of Queen Elizabeth II, the fourth instalment will introduce Princess Diana and Margaret Thatcher, exploring their narratives within the monarchy. Over the four series, the production has filmed at numerous stately locations including the Royal Naval College, Lancaster House and Blythe House as well as Elstree Film Studios.

If you’re not quite over Halloween, then Truth Seekers, the new supernatural comedy on Amazon Prime, could satisfy your spooky cravings. Written by and starring Nick Frost and Simon Pegg, and filmed at Ealing Ealing Studios, the series follows a team of part-time paranormal investigators who use DIY contraptions to track down and film ghost sightings, each becoming more terrifying than the last…

Filming

Productions gearing up for imminent London shoots include series 4 of the critically acclaimed drama Top Boy, and spy drama series Slow Horses starring Gary Oldman.