April: London On Screen and Filming
Date posted: 02.04.2019
Wild Rose, directed by Tom Harper, centres around Rose-Lynn, a musician from Glasgow whose dream is to become a Nashville star. The protagonist is played by Jessie Buckley who recently starred in the BAFTA winning Beast, directed by Film London alumnus Michael Pearce. Filming for certain scenes took place round Tottenham Court Road, Euston Square and Westminster.
Also in cinemas this month is Red Joan starring Dame Judie Dench and produced by former Film London chair David Parfitt. The film tells the incredible story Joan Stanley, who during her peaceful retirement, was exposed as the KGB's longest-serving British spy. Production was based at Twickenham Studios and shot at locations including Stanley Halls, Charlton House and residential properties around Haringey.
BBC Two’s dark comedy Don’t Forget the Driver hits our TV screens next week. Written, created by and starring BAFTA nominated Toby Jones, the series follows Peter Green, a coach driver whose mundane and monotonous life is changed forever when he finds a body on Bognor Beach before meeting a mysterious stranger... Filming took place in a variety of London locations ranging from Ruislip Road, to Greenford Park Cemetery.
Now in its ninth series, the ever-popular Call the Midwife is set to return, following the midwives as they continue to work in the East End of London. Production starts this month.
Anya Taylor-Joy, the star of Split and The Witch, swaps psychological horror for period drama in Working Title’s adaptation of Jane Austen novel Emma. Starting production this month, the story surrounds young woman Emma Woodhouse, who, despite her best intentions, gets caught up in other people’s romantic affairs as she tries to play matchmaker.
Actor Riz Ahmed came through the Film London doors just over a decade ago, starring in Microwave commissioned Shifty (2008). Now, Ahmed will take lead in and produce Mughal Mowgli, directed by Bassam Tariq. The film will follow a British Pakistani rapper who, on the cusp of his first world tour, is struck down by an illness that threatens to derail his big break.