Elements or Lower

Fri, 14 May 2004

Love From Colditz

One of the many things I love about living in Greenwich is the abundance of filming that goes on here, from the sublime to the ridiculous.

Mike Leigh’s All Or Nothing was filmed all around the borough, with the taxi cab office set in the room where I’m sitting right now. This was a year or two before I bought the place, so I can hardly brag, but it was weird to go and see the film and plainly recognise my studio (and, for that matter, home) on the big screen. A few weeks ago, I got a phone call from the location scout for the forthcoming The Yank. They were looking to film a short scene in a web design studio, and since other scenes were being filmed a couple of doors down, were interested to find out if my studio would fit the bill. Sadly, the studio is plainly designed around the needs of one person, and so I don’t think they felt it was large enough. Either that, or it smelled bad, because they never came to do the filming.

Anyway, it seems that something (I know not whether it’s a film or TV production) entitled Love From Colditz is being filmed down the road in the Naval College right now. There’s a odd set of fake castle walls alongside the authentic enlightenment ones, a collection of wartime props (including old bikes, a phonebox and a set of bollards), together with two large piles of sandbags close to the entrance to the restaurant.