A Sack Full of Filming in Newham!

An unprecedented and challenging year for all would be an understatement.

As with all industry sectors its’ been a tough year for the Film Industry, however we’ve been proud in playing our part in a unified approach to support production restart safely to aid economic recovery and get people back to work! Since filming was cleared to continue from June this year, the desire for new content from all has never been greater and Newham has since an upsurge in filming over the past 6 months, everything ranging from TV Dramas, Commercials to Feature Films. Here are some of our wintery highlights to get you in that Christmas mood!

INEOS Hygenics

You may have heard of INEOS, as one of the main sponsors of the Formula 1 team Mercedes but did you know they are a British Multi-national Chemicals Company, who since the demand for Hand Sanitiser went up in March, have started manufacturing their own! At the core of their sanitiser products is a high purity ethanol, which is manufactured under strictly controlled conditions to meet the specialist requirements of pharmaceutical, medical and other applications. When the coronavirus pandemic led to a global shortage of medical grade hand sanitiser, Ineos set about producing and distributing millions of bottles of to thousands of hospitals, free of charge. Now, that product is widely available to the genral public.

Filming scenes for upcoming commercial spot, renowned production house RSA Films approached the Newham Film Office, managed by The Film Office looking for a multitude of different locations to film parts of their commercial including a park and a controllable road close to each other. New Beckton Park and RAD Private Road and Commercial District offered perfect locations for the production to film their scenes. Check out the spot below!

Code 404

Starring Stephen Graham and Daniel Mays, Code 404 is about a British detective killed in action, who is brought back to life using experimental Artificial Intelligence. Prduced for Sky One the production shot a variety of scenes last year for the first series, the trailer of which can be seen here, and now we can reveal that a second series is due to air next year, with production filming scenes across the borough in September of this year! Mays announced on twitter the production is coming back in 2021 with the image below, posing with his fellow star Graham.

The production shot at a variety of our private locations, including helicopter scenes at the hard standing concrete Silvertown Square, dialogue and action scenes underneath Connaught Bridge, and the production also returned to the iconic derelict location Millennium Mills to film various action and stunt scenes. We can’t wait to watch the second series in the new year!

Since the first lockdown in March of this year, an incredible amount of work has been done by the Film and Television industry and various bodies in drawing up a wide range of practical and safe guidelines for filming and photographing across the industry. From regular testing, to face coverings and inter-departmental bubbles the industry reacted quickly to the pandemic which meant that when filming was cleared to continue in June, productions were able to get restarted at a rapid pace.

Film London CEO, Adrian Wootton recently commented “Filming is permitted for productions in London and across all four UK nations who are operating within appropriate industry guidelines in COVID-secure settings…I remain fully confident in the UK screen sector’s ability to restart production safely and support our country’s economic recovery”.

We already have lots of exciting projects coming up in the new year, so we can’t wait to get started in 2021. Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas from the team at Film Office.

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