A Merry Merton Christmas

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! Here are some of our wintery highlights to get you in that Christmas mood!

A slew of TV content has been shot in the borough over the last 12 months including, The One Show, Supermoms and Emily Attack

Welsh signer songwriter Bryde performed an amazing acoustic set at Cannon Hill Common, a Grade I nature reserve covering 21 hectares of open space.

Merton really does have a huge variety of parks on offer with Tu Sainsburys recently choosing Wimbledon Park for their shoot and recruitment campaign ‘We are the NHS’ filming scenes in the historic  Mitcham Common.

The Merton Film Office, managed by the Film Office, are always on hand to facilitate private locations by providing unit bases for productions looking for large spaces in which to base. Popular this year has been Empty Wasteland and Unit Base, a great location to Wimbledon Studios, that has housed The Crown and KFC amongst others. It has vehicle access directly off the road and the site is big enough to also support large unit bases with approximately 7,000m² in size.

And lastly we were very excited to see that the trailer for Bollywood Comedy, Shakuntala Devi, has finally come out.

The film follows the extraordinary story of Shakuntala Devi, the world-renowned mathematician who lived her life on her own terms. While the film pays tribute to her genius as a mathematician, it also humanizes her as a woman and mother, in trying to capture her indomitable spirit. Told through the lens of her relationship with her daughter Anu, the film highlights their very different struggles and aspirations.

The large production, took to Wimbeldon Park at the end of last year to film a number of dialogue scenes accross the park including the main cast canoeing accross the beautiful lake at the park.

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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