October: London on Screen and Filming

Latest 13 Oct 2020

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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 Guidance provides 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


If your looking for a halloween fix, then look no further than psychological horror Saint Maud, the debut feature from writer and director Rose Glass which has just opened in cinemas. Filming for five weeks in North London, the story centres around young and newly devout Christian nurse Maud, who becomes dangerously obsessed with saving the soul of her patient, whatever the cost.

Sarah Gavron’s critically acclaimed British drama Rocks, is still being screened in select cinemas, as well as available on Netflix. The film centres around the life and friendships of teenager Shola, known to her friends as ‘Rocks’. When her mother unexpectedly leaves one morning, Rocks must look after herself and younger brother, grappling with money, new friends and the authorities. Set in East London, the production filmed extensively in the area, with the majority of actors street cast and working with an all female team to develop authentic, genuine characters and storylines.


Brave New World, the new TV adaptation of Aldous Huxley’s dystopian novel is now on Sky One and Now TV. Starring Alden Ehrenreich (Solo: A Star Wars Story) and Jessica Brown Findlay (Harlots), a group of citizens from a 'perfectly' conditioned society begin to question the rules which govern their lives, sparking forbidden love and revolution. Set in a futuristic New London, scenes were shot all over the capital, including The Sky Garden, Wembley Stadium, and Canary Wharf Estate.


Cast of The Aeronauts at The Mayor of London's Gala, 63rd BFI London Film Festival 2019

The Mayor of London's Gala at the 63rd BFI London Film Festival 2019

The 64th BFI London Film Festival is currently underway, showcasing a variety of world-class features, shorts, artist film and VR alongside insightful panels and industry events. This year, Film London and the Mayor of London are proud to support the Create strand, championing films that highlight the creative process of filmmaking.

Still available to book and watch online as part of the Dare strand in the festival is Riz Ahmed’s Mogul Mowgli. Having filmed scenes in London, the feature tells the story of British Pakistani rapper Zed (played by Ahmed) who after falling seriously ill, attempts to reconnect with his family after two years away on tour.

Last year, during the 63rd BFI London Film Festival, Film London were proud to support The Mayor of London’s Gala with the UK premiere of Amazon Prime’s adventure feature The Aeronauts, directed by Film London alumnus Tom Harper. Felicity Jones stars as pilot Amelia Wren, who alongside scientist James Glaisher, played by Eddie Redmayne, heads to the skies in a hot air balloon to learn about the weather, flying higher than anyone before. Transforming London back to 1862, filming took place at varying locations including Brompton Cemetery, Greenwich Observatory and Wrotham Park, as well as Woburn Walk, Outer Circle & Cumberland Terrace and Elder Street.

Still of Fantastic Mr Fox

Fantastic Mr Fox, courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox

Wes Anderson’s animated feature Fantastic Mr Fox opened the BFI London Film Festival festival back in 2009, and is available to watch on Amazon Prime and Disney+. Based on Roald Dahl’s children's book of the same name, Mr Fox, voiced by George Clooney, must use his animal cunning to out smart a trio of horrible farmers threatening to destroy his family home. Production took place at 3 Mills Studios, which has been favoured by Anderson for a a number of his animations.

World War II feature The Imitation Game premiered was a gala feature at the festival in 2014. Benedict Cumberbatch stars as English mathematician Alan Turing, who along with a team of code breakers, race against the time to crack the German Enigma code. Watch now on Netflix, with filming taking place at Kings Cross and Aldwych underground station.

Still from The Imitation Game

The Imitation Game, courtesy of STUDIOCANAL


Currently filming in London is series two of Sky’s crime thriller Temple. Mark Strong stars as respected surgeon Daniel Milton who in a desperate attempt to save his dying wife, agrees to treat the criminal underworld for cash in an illegal clinic set up in the tunnels beneath Temple underground station. The second series is to pick up a month on from the events of the series one finale, as the character’s crimes they sought to bury begin to resurface…

Sky One’s Breeders is also currently filming a second series. Martin Freeman and Daisy Haggard return as Paul and Ally for another instalment of the often testing, always comedic journey that is parenthood.