Projects filming this week
It’s a busy week for UK crew as cameras roll on several domestic projects.
Idris Elba and Bill Bailey star in a new Sky 1 comedy called In The Long Run, set in1980s London and loosely based on Elba’s childhood.
He also executive produces for his production company Green Door Pictures, alongside Gina Carter of Sprout Pictures.
Charlie Hanson produces, with Declan Lowney directing from scripts by Ian Jarvis and Stuart Lane, Claire Downes and Grace Ofori-Attah. The 10 x 30 started filming yesterday (31 October) and shoots for seven weeks.
Also beginning principal photography this week is Red Joan, a British film starring Judi Dench and Sophie Cookson, and directed by theatre veteran Trevor Nunn.
Produced by David Parfitt and Ivan Mactaggart of Trademark Films, the feature is based on the true story of Melita Norwood who, at 87, was revealed as the KGB’s longest-serving British spy. Lindsay Shapiro adapts Jennie Rooney’s 2014 novel.
Bill Nighy, Sam Riley and Lindsay Duncan lead the cast of Triple Word Score, which began shooting on Monday (30 October). Yorkshire and Liverpool are hosting the shoot that runs for five weeks. Nighy plays Alan, a tailor who becomes convinced that an online Scrabble opponent could be his missing son.
Carl Hunter makes his feature directorial debut, working from a screenplay by Frank Cottrell Boyce.
Northern Ireland provides the location for Danny Brocklehurst’s Come Home, which has just started an eight-week shoot.
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