November: London on Screen and Filming
Date posted: 08.11.2019
Adventure epic The Aeronauts, which had its UK premiere during the 63rd BFI London Film Festival at the Mayor of London's Gala, supported by Film London, is now out in cinemas. Directed by Film London alumnus Tom Harper and starring Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne, pilot Amelia Wren (Jones) and scientist James Glaisher (Redmayne) ascend on a quest to learn more about the weather, flying higher than anyone has ever done before. However, as the pair reach dizzying new heights, the expedition soon becomes a fight for survival. Transforming London back to the film’s setting of 1862, filming took place at varying locations around London including Brompton Cemetery, Greenwich Observatory and Wrotham Park, as well as Woburn Walk, Outer Circle & Cumberland Terrace and Elder Street.
The festive season is officially here with the release of rom-com Last Christmas, written by Emma Thompson and featuring music from George Michael and Wham! Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding star as Kate, a young woman who seems to experience continuous bad luck, and Tom, who just so happens to appear and change her life. With the film set in London, numerous iconic shots of the capital can be seen in the trailer, with filming taking place at Alexandra Palace ice rink, Covent Garden, Camden and Kensington & Chelsea.
The highly anticipated third series of The Crown will become available on Netflix this month, with Olivia Colman and Tobias Menzies taking over from Claire Foy and Matt Smith as Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip. The series will span the years of 1964-77, focusing on the relationships between Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon, and Charles and Camilla.
Filming took place in stately locations such as Lancaster House and Eltham Palace, and when it comes to production, The Crown has achieved a Green Screen status. Green Screen – a joint initiative between Film London and Greenshoot- is a practical online tool that supports environmentally friendly filming in London, enabling productions shooting in the capital to set their own environmental targets and providing them with an action plan. Every Green Screen production is helping to make London's screen industries more sustainable as well as cutting production costs through reduced waste and energy consumption.
Starting production this month is Sky’s TV comedy drama Two Weeks to Live starring Maisie Williams. Williams will play Kim Noakes, a misfit who has been living a rural life of seclusion after her father died in mysterious circumstances when she was young. Now on a secret mission to honour her father, Kim meets socially awkward Nicky and his brother Dave, but when a prank suddenly goes horribly wrong, the three of them end up in life-threatening danger.
Also in production is The Last Letter from Your Lover, a film based on the 2008 book of the same name by Jojo Moyes. Set in contemporary London, a journalist discovers a series of love letters charting a 1960s Riviera romance and soon becomes obsessed with finding out how the story ends.
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.