The Newham Film Office, managed by The Film Office has seen a full range of productions in the borough recently. We’ve picked out some of our favourite ones below!
For the 3rd year running The Film Office have worked on the Tesco Christmas Commercial. The production shot scenes for the advert entitled “This Christmas, Nothing’s Stopping Us” at one of our private locations in the borough, the fantastic RAD site near the docks. This location offers a variety of different locations, including empty and / or dressed offices, reception areas, and private controllable roads. With unit bases on site this is a fantastically varied location that offered the production ample locations for them to film in.
The production filmed scenes of an office Christmas party in the location (I’m sure something we have all missed!)
Canning Town library
Pistol, a TV Drama from director Danny Boyle and writers Craig Pearce and Frank Cottrell-Boyce is a six part series following Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones and the band’s rise to prominence and notoriety. The production contacted the Newham Film Office early in the year looking for a location that could double as as university. The production chose to shoot across a month at the Vacant Period Building near Canning Town. This fantastic vacant space includes a variety of spaces, including large open plan rooms and smaller offices. Dressing the location to look like St Martins School of Art in Central London the production filmed various scenes inside and outside the location of the band in their early day performing a notorious gig inside the venue. The show comes out in the new year, and we can’t wait to see what the location looks like on the telly!
More recently the location also played host to acclaimed theatre company “Far From The Norm”, filming scenes for a Promo video for their new theatre production, “BLCKDOG”. From East Londons very own Botis Seva the work “delves into the notions of inner city coping mechanisms”, the production shot scenes of their various dance performers performing an intense routine in the various sparse spaces of the location. Check out one of the short promos below.
"BLKDOG is very black, very street, intensely theatrical and totally entrancing"
— Far From The Norm (@FarFromThe_Norm) November 24, 2021
For more information and tickets follow the link here!
From the producers of Killing Eve, comes Ragdoll, a new 6 part series that has recently premiered on Alibi. The series follows the murder of six people who have been dismembered and sewn into the shape of a grotesque body, “The Ragdoll”. The production shot in a variety of productions across the borough including one of our estates in the borough, located in
Jacob Hughes-Rodgers, the Film Officer who worked across the show spanning months commented “Its fantastic to have productions of this size across the borough, so we were more than happy to accommodate this shoot on one of our estates in the borough multiple times. We manage filming in Newham to maximise benefits for the council, its residents and businesses to provide community benefits that extend borough wide, so it was great on this occasion that the production were able to make a donation in order to support Training and Development in the borough for young people looking to break into the industry” Check out the trailer below!
Now onto the one we’re all excited about! Returning for the umpteenth incarnation, with Robert Pattinson now in the titular role, ‘The Batman’ from director Matt Reeves follows the caped Crusader on the hunt of the mysterious Riddler… Also starring Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman, Paul Dano as Riddler, and Colin Farrell as Penguin, the film shot at one of our private locations in the borough: Millennium Mills. This derelict turn of the 20th century flour mill on the south side of the Royal Victoria Dock in Newham has a brilliant Post-industrial factory with stripped back walls, a mix of bare concrete walls and large pillars.
Emily Gunn, the Film Officer on the job commented “Welcoming such a worldwide franchise such as DC and Batman to the borough of Newham was incredible. They sadly had to reschedule many times because of COVID-19, but thankfully we worked with the location to help with new schedules. Millennium Mills worked brilliantly as a backdrop for the drama, with the dark over hanging walls to provide exterior shadows for the scenes. Having the bat mobile onsite was exciting, and it will be a wonderful thought for residents nearby to have some knowledge that Robert Patterson filmed so close to home.”
Check out the trailer below. We can’t wait to see what it looks like when it comes out next year!
Merry Christmas and a Happy new Year from everyone at Newham Film Office! We can’t wait to see what exciting projects will come to the borough in the new year!