October 2021: London On Screen and Filming

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City of London at night

It's officially Autumn, but the looming cold weather isn't stopping the cameras from rolling! A fictional confectionary extraordinaire descends onto the capital, whilst the glamorous and ghostly Last Night in Soho and Marvel's Venom: Let There Be Carnage help kick off the spooky season in cinemas. Find out what productions are filming where and what to watch this month, as well as a round up of recent Film London activity.

Currently Filming

October is set to be sweet, with Warner Bros.Wonka beginning principal photography on location and at Leavesden Studios. An origin story of how the world-famous inventor-turned-sweet fanatic Willy Wonka and his factory came to be, actor of the moment Timothee Chalamet will star as a young Wonka, alongside an impressive cast including Rowan Atkinson, Sally Hawkins and Olivia Colman!

Establishing shot of Westminster


She's back to solve another mystery, Enola Holmes will film in London this month. Specific locations are being kept under wraps along with the plot but see if you can spot Millie Bobby Brown reprising her role as the young, savvy sister of Sherlock Holmes. Based on the book series of the same name by Nancy Spring, expect even more problem-solving and adventure, with Netflix teasing the potential return of a love interest...

Two ITV drama's will be filming this October; Alder and Litvinenko. Both based on true stories, Alder stars Stephen Graham and tells the tragic story of Christopher Alder, who died in police custody in the late 90s. Litvinenko will depict thedeath of former Soviet agent Alexander Litvinenko who died from polonium poisoning in London in 2006 - David Tennant is set to play Litvinenko.

Other notable productions currently filming on location and/or studio include:

The People We Hate At The Wedding - Amazon's romantic comedy focusing on the family tensions among two siblings, who begrudgingly agree to attend their half-sister's wedding in the English countryside.

The Expendables - The action-packed franchise from Lionsgate and Millennium Media is back for a fourth instalment. Jason Statham and Sylvester Stallone star as mercenaries, paying homage to the 90's action hero film with stunts, explosions and high-stakes.

Avenue 5 Series 2 -Sci-fi comedy created by Armando Iannucci, depicting the adventures and misfortune space cruise ship Avenue 5, which gets thrown off course into space resulting in a longer journey and return to Earth than expected...

The Nevers Series 1, Part 2 -Sci-fi fantasy drama about a group of Victorian women with unusual abilities, a life-changing mission and relentless enemies.

Masters of the Air -Historical drama charting the true story of the US Eighth Air Force that flew bombing raids over Germany during the Second World War.

On the silver and small screens

Fresh from its festival run, Edgar Wright's (Shaun of the Dead, Baby Driver) Last Night in Soho hits cinemas at the end of the month. Just in time for Halloween, this eerie story follows aspiring fashion designer Eloise, who can somehow go back to her favourite period of 1960's London. However, the glitz and glamour doesn't last long, as the past soon reveals something far darker...Starring Anya Taylor- Joy, Thomasin McKenzie and Matt Smith, the feature filmed scenes on location in Soho, The Old Truman Brewery, St James' and Empire Cinemas - London Haymarket.

Still from Last Night In Soho, a women and man run hand in hand down the street

Last Night In Soho, courtesy of Film4

Continuing the ghoulish theme, Marvel's Venom: Let There Be Carnage is out September 15. Filmed at Leavseden Studios, Tom Hardy returns as reporter Eddie Brock, who after the antics of the first film is now trying to live in 'harmony' with the symbiotic anti-hero, Venom, using his body as a host. Things soon turn chaotic when Eddie attempts to re-launch his career by interviewing serial killer Cletus Kasady (Woody Harrelson) who is also the host of another, equally destructive symbiote called Carnage. When Cletus escapes from prison, he causes just that - carnage!

Enjoy some comedic relief with the second series of Hitmen - Hitmen: Reloaded - now on Sky. Filming scenes at West London Film Studios, Dynamic duo Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins are back as best friends Fran and Jamie, who are also business partners, in killing...! Not your stereotypical hitmen, hilarious mishaps ensue.

London On Screen and Filming is in partnership with the Mayor of London’s City Hall Blog. 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.

This month at Film London

It's been a busy month here at Film London. During September we announced the Film London Jarman Award 2021 touring programme, which you can check out the full list of dates over on our What's On Page and also the keynote and programme for the final Green Screen Conference - The Future is Green- hosted by Film London's CEO Adrian Wootton. Microwave funded Sweetheartalsohit cinemas and we sat down with 10-11 Carlton House Terrace for a run-down of filming Cruella at the venue.

Keep and eye out this month for our brand-newBeyond The Frame Podcast, and Film London activity at the BFI London Film Festival, including our annual Production Finance Market and the Mayor's Special Presentation.