War romance Their Finest has premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, bringing humour and warmth to the days of London in the blitz.
The film about filmmaking was itself a significant shoot, bringing hundreds of cast and crew into our streets in September last year, including stars Gemma Aterton, Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy and Richard E Grant.
This image of Camden’s Bedford Square shows just how large scale the filming was – with 150 cast and crew, road controls and action vehicles all to be managed – while the Square itself looked it’s finest, dressed for the period.
In one of the most dramatic scenes, shot in Islington’s St John Street, Gemma Aterton is seen walking past a dress boutique, which is hit by a bomb. In an eerie scene, she walks among mannequins scattered around the pavement, before coming across a dead body in the wreckage. The production made a donation to local residents during this shoot, to thank them.
In Haringey, the beautiful Hornsey Town Hall became the venue for a film premiere – hosting as many as 100 cast and crew.
And in Lambeth’s Venn Street, Gastro restaurant lent itself to some of the film’s scenes.
FilmFixer manages the film office service for these London boroughs. FilmFixer director Karen Everett says, “It might be set in the dramatic days of the blitz, but at its heart this is a rom-com, and our boroughs do a great job of bringing this heart-warming story to life.
“We were really impressed that these significant, complicated scenes could be shot in central London with very minimal disruption and a great deal of positive resident engagement.
“We’re all very much looking forward to seeing the film when it goes on release in the UK.”