Council film unit brings Harry Potter magic to Hammersmith

Carter’s Funfair in Ravenscourt Park recently served as the backdrop for a new French feature film, Everything Starts Tomorrow, starring Clémence Poésy, best known to fans around the world as Fleur Delacour in the Harry Potter firms.

The filming was the latest success for the council’s film unit, which helps filmmakers find locations, grants licenses and ensures that filming goes smoothly for film producers and residents alike.

As well as putting the borough on the map, the film licensing revenue generated from having the cast and crew in town put money in the council’s coffers for reinvestment in services to residents.

“It’s a case of lights, camera, council services,” said Cllr Ben Coleman, H&F Cabinet Member for Commercial Revenue and Resident Satisfaction.

“The council’s film unit does a superb job, with every commercial film or TV programme they attract here helping to fill the hole left by central government cuts. We want to encourage even more film and television production into our photogenic and easy-to-work-with borough.”

Everything Starts Tomorrow (Demain Tout Commence), due out next year, tells the story of a man who has to become a responsible dad overnight after the mother (played by Poésy) dumps a child – the result of a one-night stand – on his doorstep. The father is played by Omar Sy, who also appeared in X-Men: Days of Future Past and Jurassic World.

For information about filming in Hammersmith and Fulham, please contact Bernadette Bernard, Film Officer, call 020 8753 2351 or 07779 348 122, bernadette.bernard@lbhf.gov.uk.

Who else is filming in Hammersmith & Fulham?

  • Grantchester, a detective drama set in the 1950s starring James Norton and Robson Green, is being filmed over three months at Fulham Town Hall, with the foyer and ground-floor rooms temporarily transformed into a traditional police station, complete with cells.
  • The old town hall is also being used to film A Street Cat Named Bob, the film-length story of a Big Issue seller.
  • Hammersmith Town Hall is a frequent location for the makers of the BBC series New Tricks.
  • Former Doctor Who star Matt Smith is among the cast of a new TV series about the Queen and Prince Philip called The Crown, which is shooting at the Hope and Anchor pub in Hammersmith.

Stills from productions previously filmed in Hammersmith & Fulham

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