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Croydon stars in a new BT ad, set to New Order’s epochal Blue Monday. Take a look at the ad here.

FilmFixer manages the film office service for Croydon Film Office. FilmFixer CEO Karen Everett explains, “In the ad, a young woman leaves her flat for a night out. She’s so immersed in the track she’s streaming that people around her seem to be lip synching the lyrics.

“Surrey Street Market can always be relied on as an atmospheric location, and this shoot was no exception, with the market working hard to support the production.

“The actress walks past shutters going down along the market and stops as a truck is reversing out of Overton’s Yard.

“On High Street, she steps into a taxi and is dropped off at Surrey Street. And back on High Street she passes the Ludoquist – a much loved board game café

“At Katharine Street she steps onto a Zebra Crossing, as extras head in the opposite direction.

“At North End, she passes a queue at the cash machine and someone handing out free papers before she meets a friend.

“Then once again on Surrey Street Market, she joins a queue of people waiting to go inside a venue.

“It’s a great bit of work that was shot in May this year, with a cast and crew of 120.

“The production also made a lovely donation to the local Whitgift Almshouses to thank the community.”

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It’s dubbed The Full Monty in Speedos and its London shoot included Croydon. Swimming With Men opens in early June in Germany with a UK release expected shortly afterwards.

Hoping to win back his wife, middle-aged accountant Eric joins a men’s synchronised swimming team. Alongside Rob Brydon and Jane Horrocks, its stars include Rupert Graves, Daniel May, Jim Carter and Adeel Akhtar.

The shorter UK trailer is here and you’ll catch a glimpse of many London locations on the longer German trailer here.

FilmFixer manages the film office service for Croydon Council. FilmFixer CEO Karen Everett says, “The filming with our boroughs took place in May and June last year (2017).

“Croydon’s own council offices at Bernhard Wetherill House play the accountancy firm where Rob Brydon works, with offices on the sixth floor, the lift lobby and atrium space used. Other office space was used as green rooms and make up rooms for the actors It’s fantastic to have put this slick glass building on Croydon’s Mint Street to work as a City office.

“And in the script Rob Brydon moves into the Best Western Plus Aparthotel in Croydon where, among other scenes, we see him looking out of his bedroom window at someone putting bottles in a bin.

“Set to be the next British feelgood export, it’s a charming film whose production behaved charmingly among residents, operating sensitively and making donations to local groups and charities.”

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The critics rarely have a good thing to say about low-budget British gangster films, and Rise of the Footsoldier 3: The Pat Tate Story is no exception. But what the heck? Some pretty lively car stunts were filmed in Croydon on Vulcan Way. Not bad.

If the film is significant for no other reason, it does feature a brief cameo by former Happy Mondays frontman Shaun Ryder as prison honcho Mad Dog.

Filmed in February this year with 40 cast and crew, the Croydon stunts include one car catching ablaze after another reverses into it.

FilmFixer manages the film office service for Croydon. FilmFixer director Andrew Pavord says, “The stunts were filmed in an industrial area, well away from residents, by a crew who made sure to keep it all very quiet.

“The Met Police had to be consulted and we had to be reassured that the action would be filmed in a controlled fashion, with consideration to locals.”

The eponymous Pat is in a Jaguar, being chased by the police. He pulls over and tries to hide in an evasive manoeuvre, but the police see him and screech to a halt. Pat puts the car into reverse and crashes his Jaguar into the police car.

Pat then crawls out of his mangled Jag and starts to limp off but the police car is on fire and the driver is stuck inside. Pat gets the police driver out of the car, but of course, he doesn’t leave things that way…

In another driving scene, one car speeds up toward another, being driven by a character called Kenny, and shots are fired.

“It might not a film that’s going to win many awards, although it belongs to a well established genre,” says Andrew Pavord. “What’s important to us is that small budget films are able to shoot the scenes they need with as little disturbance as possible to Londoners.”

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With the release of American Assassin starring Michael Keaton and Dylan O’Brien, it’s time for Croydon to celebrate its role in the big-budget production.

You’ll catch glimpses of the scenes filmed in Croydon in this trailer.

Croydon arranged for the whole of St George’s Walk, including every single shop, to be bought up for a week, and transformed into an Istanbul quarter. This didn’t just include the elaborate sets and cars, it included about 200 Turkish speaking extras.

FilmFixer manages the film office service in Croydon. FilmFixer director Andrew Pavord said, “For the duration, St George’s Walk was transformed into shisha shops and Turkish restaurants, populated by 200 Turkish speakers, all in costume, serving real food and smoking real pipes. The smells and sounds were completely authentic.

“The production moved in on August 22nd last year, and set up the area ready for filming from September 13th through to September 16th.

“They established an atmospheric Turkish restaurant on the corner of St George’s Walk, and the entire parade of shops along St George’s Walk was dressed as an area of Istanbul. Pictures vehicles, or cars that appear in the film, lined St George’s Walk to make it look like a busy street.

“Dylan O’Brien walks through the bustle into the restaurant. Then the scene unfolds into an elaborate chase, with special operatives hoofing after him. We were happy that Croydon was able to meet this extensive location brief. And we’re even more happy that the production brought in five film students, all but one from Croydon College, for a week of work experience.

“I can’t overstate the value of real Hollywood-style hands on experience, right on the corner, pretty much, of your own film college. Seeing the cameras used, seeing how a set is run, watching all the different moving parts in action is the kind of thing that really helps when it comes to looking for paid work in the industry.”

One of the five placements went to Croydon local Amy Jones, who’s already managed to land work experience in the past with Kevin Costner’s Criminal in 2014.

Amy’s studying film at Reading College. She met the location manager herself, working in a Croydon café. After introducing herself, she was offered the work.

Amy was able to build on the experience of two years before and take on some more responsibility.

“I really hope that because this is a big scale set and I’ve been doing lots of different things, it will show just what I’m capable of and help me get work in the business when I finish my course,” she said.

“It’s really amazing to work here, in a place I know so well as a Croydon backstreet. Here it is now as bustling Istanbul. It feels like a whole village has been built in the middle of my hometown. It’s a different ambience.

“I was also helping to block off roads and talk to residents to explain why they can’t walk through for a couple of days. I’ve been changing bins, which isn’t very glamorous but it has to be done.”

After the shoot Amy added, “It gave the scene more impact when the cameras were rolling, because it felt so real there.

“I did end up standing about two metres away from Dylan O’Brien at one point, as part of the work. That was exciting. Otherwise, I was helping to sort the green room for the actors, laying the carpet, getting in drinks and making sure everyone was happy.

“Aside from the director I heard only English accents on that shoot, so it’s reassuring to think that I’d be able to work on big budget movies when I graduate without having to move to LA or somewhere. Having had the hands-on experience, I found afterwards that I was much more confident with my college work. When I was writing about the process it was with some real experience of it.”

Amy Jones talks about her experience from the Croydon set of American Assassin here, here, here and here.

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Brad Pitt stars in the absurdist War Machine, opening on May 26th in UK cinemas and on Netflix. Addington Palace, a Palladian mansion in Croydon, hosted some of the filming over two days in September and October 2015.

The film is described as part reality, part parody, with Pitt depicting a born leader’s march into folly.

The Addington Palace scenes involve Sir Ben Kingsley, playing Afghan President Karzai, with Pitt, who’s in the role of General Glen McMahon, based on real-life general Stanley McChrystal. McChrystal’s career in Afghanistan ended after he featured in Rolling Stone magazine expose The Runaway General.

Addington Palace features in the trailer where Pitt tells Kingsley, as Karzai, that Nato is about to embark on a new direction to build Afghanistan into a free and prosperous nation. Kingsley replies, “Sounds a lot like the old direction.”

FilmFixer manages the film office service for Croydon Council. FilmFixer director Andrew Pavord says, “The filming at Addington Palace was significant, involving a large cast and crew. But our role for Croydon Film Office was quite limited.

“We organised the parking – of about 50 vehicles – for the unit base in Addington Park, while the scenes were being shot.

“Nevertheless, we think Croydon should be quite proud of its role in this film about the politics of war.”

According to the Rolling Stone feature, McChrystal’s real-life staff in 2010, then the most powerful force shaping US policy in Afghanistan, called themselves Team America, in reference to that satirical movie, which, among other things, lampoons the White House.

Nato forces were unpopular, having killed 90 civilians in the first four months of 2010, leading McChrystal to concede, “We’ve shot an amazing number of people.”

His insistence on avoiding such deaths was unpopular with troops whose complaints included, “We aren’t putting fear into the Taliban.”

The Rolling Stone journalist behind the story, Michael Hastings, died a car accident in Los Angeles, aged 33.

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Premiering at Cannes and starring Nicole Kidman, How to Talk to Girls at Parties is both set in Croydon and was filmed there.

It’s the Cannes screening of the day this Sunday (May 21st).

Stars Elle Fanning and Alex Sharp were in Croydon in November 2015 to shoot some of the most remarkable scenes in the film, shown toward the end. Alex Sharp has tweeted a sneak peak trailer.

We can’t give too much away without spoiling the movie, but the filming involved 80 cast – mainly playing aliens – and crew on Croydon’s College Green and the nearby multi-storey carpark. Other locations included St Georges Walk shopping parade and the town centre.

To revisit the original short story by Neil Gaiman you’ll find it online here here.

Set in the punk scene of the 70s, the film is about teenage boys who crash punk queen Boadicea’s party. Nicole Kidman stars in the role of punk godmother Boadicea. At the party, Enn (Alex Sharp) meets the gorgeous foreign exchange student Zan, played by Elle Fanning. But it turns out she’s from further away than he imagined; she’s an alien.

FilmFixer manages the film office service for Croydon Council. FilmFixer director Andrew Pavord says, “The shoot was a very welcome homecoming for the story.

“We were delighted to be able to support the production with some of its most challenging filming.

“There were quite a lot of cast and crew to manage for these important scenes. The Croydon locations proved perfect and the area was more than able to handle the logistics.

“We’re all thrilled that Croydon increasingly attracts A-list talent to its brilliant locations.”

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Hula hoops saves the day at a former bank on Warham Road in Croydon. The new ad is part of a £4.5 million campaign – the biggest ever for the snack brand.

It was filmed at the former bank, called West Heath Bank in the ad, where a hapless robber races in with a banana tucked inside a sock, demanding all the money.

The bank clerk can’t help, “sorry love”, because she has her “hands full” – each finger covered in a hula hoop. But that doesn’t stop her raising the alarm – and soon enough the police cars have pulled up outside.

FilmFixer manages the film office service for Croydon. FilmFixer director Andrew Pavord says, “This is a very endearing use of a former bank, it looks just the part of course. And the fact that the robbery is all in good fun made it easy for us to approve this production coming in to film.

“It’s a great example of the locations on offer outside the centre of London, where there’s plenty of parking for a production, and minimal disruption to locals. This shoot was completed in as little as one day.”

Take a look at the ad here.

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Germany gets the first taste of London under Nazi occupation – when SS-GB debuts at the Berlinale Film Festival today

The BBC One series adapts Len Deighton’s ’78 novel in which German forces patrol and repress London-life in the early 40s.

The London locations were filmed in boroughs including Croydon.

Starting on BBC One on Sunday February 19th, the mini-series is named after the SS branch controlling Great Britain. It follows London police Detective Superintendent Douglas Archer, played by Sam Riley, investigating a murder attracting the attention of the German authorities as well as the resistance.

Great Britain has surrendered to Germany, Churchill is rumoured to be executed in Berlin, King George is in the Tower of London and Queen Elizabeth and her daughters have fled to New Zealand. Rear Admiral Conollyhas formed a British government in exile in Nova Scotia.

One of the stars, Kate Bosworth has said, “However long we spent on set, we never became relaxed or comfortable with it. It was very difficult to see it.”

FilmFixer director Karen Everett praised the production for its responsibility and sensitivity in pulling together this large and complex shoot.

“Given how uncomfortable many of these scenes are to watch, it took great dedication to detail to protect Londoners throughout this shoot,” she says. “Any Nazi regalia used during filming was behind walls and screens – unseen by locals. This includes of course the footage of Maeve Dermody dressed in a Nazi flag. The production also made sure Met police were on hand to reassure the public, if need be.

“And the many replica rifles used required a licensed armourer on location – ensuring the guns were checked in and checked out safely. It was a big undertaking by the BBC and we’re looking forward to seeing how it works on the small screen.”

The period streetscape of Croydon’s Hurst Way is used to heighten the sense of time and place in the series.

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Where is the world’s worst uncle from? Croydon mainly. He’s headed back to BBC Three on January 1st, then BBC One at 11.25pm on January 6th.

The comedy, now in its third series, was filmed between July and September in 2016, making great use of the space, accessibility and distinct look that Croydon has to offer.

Star Nick Helm tweeted his enthusiasm, “I love Croydon, it’s Britain’s answer to Hollywood”, and confirming that, “Asides from a few days all three series were entirely filmed in Croydon.”

FilmFixer manages the film office service for Croydon. FilmFixer director Karen Everett says, “Uncle’s comedy plays against the abject normality of its locations – delivered in spades by a poker-faced Croydon – while the characters find themselves in the most ludicrous situations.

“Shooting the bulk of the series here is a real thumbs up to Croydon. Everything a production could need is found around the outer boroughs, without having to worry about parking, congestion and all the other logistics that make filming in central London complicated.

“In addition, we were really pleased that the production made work experience available to young people studying film at Croydon College, particularly given the college was used as a location.”

One of the key locations is a house and basement flat in The Waldrons, where the production filmed for three weeks. It’s Sam and Bruce’s new home, with Andy living in the basement.

Uncle has never been afraid of getting naughty and this time around was no different – with three days of filming in The Hustler Club on Crown Hill.

The Jury’s Inn Hotel on Wellesley Rd was also used – including, in true Uncle style, its toilets.

Point Central on Sydenham Road and Marco Polo House on Lansdowne Road hosted filming.

There are scenes outside a school, a hospital and an airport shot in Fairfield Gardens. Selsdon Recreation Ground also features – in the park and playground – along with South Croydon Recreation Ground.

And there’s a scene on Hazledean Road Bridge, watching trains from the bridge.

So what’s happening this time around? Well we know that Errol isn’t taking too well to Bruce as the new man of the house. Andy’s tempted to compromise his artistic integrity by writing for a boyband… and once again with Errol’s help, he’s on a journey of self discovery.

Alison MacPhail, Producer, Baby Cow Productions, has said she was thrilled to be teaming up again with Nick Helm, Daisy Haggard and Elliot Speller-Gillott who star, adding, “It really is as much fun as it looks working on this show.”

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Opening on July 29th, Matt Damon’s new action-packed Jason Bourne was partly shot in Croydon.

It came hot on the heels of Kevin Costner in Criminal. And we can’t give much away, but Brad Pitt has also been shooting a huge new film in the borough.

For Jason Bourne, a whopping 200 cast and crew worked around Fairfield Gardens and Fairfield’s Hall for no less than 10 days in October last year. And a unit base was set up at the Toys R Us carpark on Purley Way.

All this was so the old Art College Building on College Green could double as a Berlin Warehouse for one of the film’s signature Matt Damon fight scenes.

At the recent London premiere, Matt Damon complimented the capital, where he’s spent so much time filming.

“It’s an incredible place to shoot, I love London,” he said, adding the capital is pretty much a second home for him now.

“Basically, yes, I’ve spent a few years of my life here, at this point,” he said.

FilmFixer manages filming for Croydon Council. FilmFixer director Karen Everett says, “After the significant Criminal shoot – with its helicopter and adrenaline-pumped action, it was great fun to welcome the next blockbuster, in the form of Jason Bourne.

“Other parts of London would struggle to accommodate a large scale production such as this. But Croydon had no trouble at all.

“Croydon take its place alongside other locations in the film such as Las Vegas, Washington DC and Berlin. It’s very impressive.”

And Karen jokes, “Tommy Lee Jones starred in Criminal too, so he’s becoming a bit of a Croydon fixture.”

The production also shot in Camden, in the British museum.

Jason Bourne is the fifth in the Bourne franchise, launched in 2002. Always looking to incorporate current affairs into the plot, this outing includes anti-austerity protests in Greece (filmed in Tenerife). Damon says the car chase, this time in Las Vegas, is the best yet in the Bourne series.

Take a look at the trailer here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HOQh9KwJqwg

FAQ’s residents

  • Q How much would it cost me to add a location to a location library?
    This is a free service for properties in this borough. However, if you want Lambeth Film Office to manage filming in your property, we will take an agreed share of the fee to cover our costs.
  • Q Where can I apply for, or get information about, a filming licence?
  • Q Can a production film me?
    Yes they can, if you are in a public place. - Paparazzi film and photograph people without their consent all the time. However, any respectable film company will generally prefer to obtain consent. Film London provide more guidance in their document "Filming People"
  • Q Can I stop the production from happening? What are the consequences if I try?
    If there are legitimate reasons why the filming should not proceed, then the council and the film company will want to know what these reasons are, and will probably agree and alter their plans. However, the reason must be a legitimate reason, not just because a residents does not want it to happen. A legitimate reason may be because of the frequency of filming taking place.
  • Q Filming activities are blocking my route, or restricting access to my house or business
    Filmmakers may not block access to your house or business without your permission. Neither may they block a pavement or highway while it is in use, although in some cases we may close off an area for them. If we think a planned shoot is likely to cause an obstruction, we make sure that the filmmakers come to an agreement in advance with anyone who might be affected for example through letters and Q&A sessions with local associations of residents or traders. We can include any agreed conditions in the license and can take deposits from the filmmakers. The deposits are usually donated to local causes if the conditions are breached. We also have a 24 hour emergency phone number for you to call us if you are being disturbed without your permission, and we will immediately contact or visit the set to resolve the situation. If a filmmaker or their crew does not act responsibly, it will count against them in future applications to film.
  • Q Filming activities are causing excessive noise or light
    Some filming activities make noise and bright light. The majority of filming is only licensed between 7am and 11pm to minimise the disturbance this might cause. If we think a planned shoot is likely to cause significant disturbance, we make sure that the filmmakers come to an agreement in advance with people in the neighbourhood for example through letters and Q&A sessions with local associations of residents or traders. We can include any agreed conditions in the license and can take deposits from the filmmakers. The deposits may be donated to local causes if the conditions are breached. We also have a 24 hour emergency phone number for you to call us if you are being disturbed, and we will immediately contact or visit the set to resolve the situation. If a filmmaker does not act responsibly, it will count against them in future applications to film.
  • Q Filming personnel are being rude or antisocial
    We expect film crews to film and act responsibly, and consider any rude or antisocial behaviour to be unacceptable. Before most shoots filmmakers will give their contact details to local people, so if a member of the film crew is rude or antisocial you can contact the filmmaker directly. If this does not resolve the situation, you can call us on our 24 hour emergency phone number and we will immediately contact or visit the set to resolve the situation. If a filmmaker or their crew does not act responsibly, it will count against them in future applications to film.
  • Q Filmmakers are filming me without my permission
    There is no specific right under English law to not be filmed in public but you do have legal rights to privacy and data protection which might be violated by filming under certain circumstances. FilmFixer supports Film London's guidance that all filmmakers should have your permission if you appear on film, especially if you feature significantly. However, there are situations when you might be filmed 'incidentally' and it is not reasonably possible for the filmmaker to get your permission (for example if you are one of a large crowd in public). In these cases, we expect filmmakers to make people aware (for example with 'filming in progress' signs). If you have spoken to the filmmaker and you believe that they are not living up to these expectations, we also have a 24 hour emergency phone number for you to call us on and we will immediately contact or visit the set to resolve the situation. If a filmmaker does not act responsibly, it will count against them in future applications to film. For more details on your legal position, have a look at Film London's guidelines.
  • Q Filmmakers are filming my property without my permission
    Generally speaking you have no legal right to prevent your property being filmed (there some are exceptions). Nonetheless, we expect filmmakers to behave responsibly and to react positively to reasonable requests from property owners. If you have spoken to the filmmaker and you feel that the film crew are not living up to these expectations, we have a 24 hour emergency phone number for you to call us on and we will immediately contact or visit the set to resolve the situation. If a filmmaker does not act responsibly, it will count against them in future applications to film. For more details on your legal position, have a look at Film London's guidelines.
  • Q I have received a letter about filming through my door, what is it?
    Probably it is a letter to notify you about planned filming in your neighbourhood. The letter should include the contact details of the filmmaker who can answer any questions you have about the filming.
  • Q Is there a risk of my neighbourhood becoming overrun by filmmakers?
    Our main priority is to protect the interests of the community during filming, which means making sure this doesn't happen. We monitor the amount of filming throughout the borough, as well as feedback from the community, to see if any neighbourhoods are being over-used. We often use our local knowledge to suggest alternative locations to make sure that filming is as evenly distributed as possible.
  • Q Legally, what grounds does the filming have to go ahead?
    Filming is a legitimate activity, and film makers are allowed to conduct their business in public places. UK law does not prohibit filming (anyone can take a photo or video wherever they like, though the authorities have a right to ask what the filming is for, if they are suspicious, under terrorism prevention laws).
  • Q My business has suffered because of filming in the neighbourhood
    If FilmFixer thinks that a proposed shoot might disrupt nearby businesses, we expect the filmmaker to contact the owners in advance of the shoot to reach an agreement for example through letters and Q&A sessions with associations of residents and traders. If you believe your business is suffering and you did not agree to the filming, then please contact us (using our 24 hour emergency phone number if necessary).
  • Q My child has been cast in a film or photo shoot, do they need a special licence?
    Yes, the production company must get a child performance licence for each child which they cast. These are issued by your council.
  • Q My neighbour has filming booked in, what can you do to stop it happening?
    We cannot stop it happening because it is on private property. However, we are usually able to use our influence to encourage filmmakers to act responsibly even when on private property, so do contact us (using out 24 hour emergency number if necessary) if you are concerned about this and we will do what we can. Of course, the usual rules about unreasonable noise or nuisance still apply (for example if a neighbour is having a loud party), so if you think they are breaking these rules then you can contact your Council.
  • Q Parking has been suspended for film reasons
    Parking is often needed for support and technical vehicles during filming. We proactively explore with the council ways to minimise the impact of suspending bays. Resident and Business Permits do not guarantee the holder a parking space, and the council has the right to suspend bays. When this is necessary for filming, we always give advance notice at the affected bays.
  • Q The production have suspended bays which are now sitting empty, what can be done?
    The production may need the bays to be empty, because they cannot have cars in shot, or because the unit is about to arrive. We encourage film makers to allow bays to return to service when they have finished with them.
  • Q There is unrestricted parking on my road which film makers use to park constantly. How can I stop this from happening?
    While there is no legal means to prevent parking on unrestricted roads, we will always try to find alternative parking that works for everyone.
  • Q What about if, for example, I want to make a personal video using my phone - are you saying I need a licence?
    No, this sort of filming would probably not need a licence. As a general rule, if your video involves less than five people, is not for commercial purposes and does not cause an obstruction or nuisance on public or council property, you do not need a licence.
  • Q What do I get out of letting people film on my property?
    You can charge the filmmakers a fee, which can be whatever you agree. If you ask us or a location agency to manage filming in the property for you, you will need to agree the fees with us or them in advance. To give you an idea, have a look at our fees and charges for filming on council or public property.
  • Q What if a parking bay is suspended while I'm parked there and nobody tells me, or I'm on holiday?
    If you can prove that you were unaware that the bay was going to be suspended, you will not have to pay a penalty. The matter will be dealt with by council's parking appeals process. The council follow the same procedure if parking is suspended for any other reason, such as utility works. If you do receive a parking charge notice as a result of being unaware of a suspension, please contact us and we will endeavour to get it cancelled
  • Q What if I don't want to be filmed, or my property to be filmed?
    FilmFixer expects responsible behaviour from filmmakers when they are filming people or private property, so please contact us if you are concerned about this. We enforce high standards in our client boroughs but you have no right under English law to prevent yourself or your property being filmed if the camera is on public property, although your legal rights to privacy and data protection might be violated by filming in certain circumstances. Please see our complaints section to find out more about this.
  • Q What is the best way for me to make my voice heard about filming in my neighbourhood?
    FilmFixer and filmmakers regularly consult with local resident associations and trader associations. These include but are not limited to formal Tenant and Resident Associations. The best way to be involved in these discussions is to join or create a local association like this and contact us if necessary so that we know about it. You are welcome to share any concerns about filming directly with FilmFixer via this website.
  • Q What's in it for me if there's filming in my neighbourhood?
    We encourage filmmakers to speak with the local community to reach agreement before filming. Often this agreement involves donations to local community spaces like parks or schools, or to local charities or local associations of residents or traders. Sometimes it can also involve opportunities for locals to be involved in the filming. Filming in your borough and London is also a source of revenue for the council and the government.
  • Q When are production companies required to use release forms?
    Production companies prefer to obtain written permission so that they can use any one's image without restriction in any context.
  • Q Why do you need to close roads for filming?
    Closing roads is sometimes unavoidable for health and safety reasons - for example if there are dangerous stunts - or if it is necessary for certain scenes for example in period films.
  • Q Why do you sometimes need to suspend parking bays for filming?
    Suspending parking is sometimes unavoidable to make sure there is space for essential technical vehicles, or to keep roads clear for certain shots like period shots. Technical vehicles often need to be parked right next to the location for health and safety reasons, for example reducing the amount of electrical cables around the set.
  • Q Why is my borough permitting this?
    Councils support the film industry, and are signatories to the Film London partnership agreement. Filming boosts the international profile of London as a dynamic and fascinating city. Many people make their living in the film industry so its good for employment. In general, film makers very welcome to work in the borough as long as the film makers abide by the Film London code of conduct.

FAQ’s Film Companies

  • Q Do I need a licence to film if I have 5 or fewer people on the public highway only, with a hand held or tripod mounted camera?

    Though there is no legal requirement to obtain permission to film on pavements, it is illegal to obstruct the pavement with your crew or equipment. To avoid any problems, we suggest you get a written film agreement stating the terms and conditions under which you may film and use the resulting footage for commercial purposes

  • Q Do I need to notify you if I am filming on private property or inside a private residence?

    Although we do not necessarily need to licence your filming, we do ask that you make us aware of your filming as we have a duty of care to ensure that productions have completed a sufficient residential consultation. If you require any parking or use of the public highway, you will need to apply as usual.

  • Q Do I need to provide any insurance for my filming?

    Yes, you are required to supply Public Liability Insurance of a minimum of £5million. The insurance must be in the name of the production company named on the application and valid in the UK.

  • Q How do I apply to film in this borough?

    Please complete the on line application form which can be found at https://filmfixer.co.uk/apply-to-film/ and click the borough you want to film in.

  • Q How much does it cost to film?

    Our fees and charges vary depending on where you are filming. To find the Fees and Charges for the borough/location you want to film in please go to https://filmfixer.co.uk/apply-to-film/ and select the borough/location

  • Q I am filming for a news piece, what do I need to do?

    A film agreement is not usually required for bona fide “news crews” filming on the public highway who are engaged in gathering content for broadcast news. The news crew must be in a possession of a press pass issued by the NUJ and ID provided by their employer. News crews wanting to film within council or privately owned property must obtain the permission of the property owner. This is particularly relevant on Potters Fields Park (next to Tower Bridge) and Albert Embankment (on the south bank of the Thames, opposite the Palace of Westminster). Neither of these locations are public highway and a film agreement will be required.

  • Q I am filming in a private property but require parking suspensions, what do I need to do?

    You need to complete a parking suspension application which can be found at https://filmfixer.co.uk/apply-to-film. You also need to complete the filming application as this is where the parking is processed.

  • Q I have a location brief and I would like suggestions of what will work from your borough?

    FilmFixer are happy to suggest locations within the borough which we believe will work for your brief. < a href="mailto:info@filmfixer.co.uk">Please email us with as much of the following as possible: A rough idea of your dates and timings An overview of your brief Any reference images you have The borough or geographical area you are looking in A rough idea of your budget Please make the subject of your email a brief description of what you are looking for e.g. ‘Tree-lined avenue’ or ‘Victorian theatre’ (NOT ‘Location idea’ or ‘Following up on our phonecall’) Please do also have a look at our locations library at www.filmfixer.co.uk and click locations search. If you find specific locations you like, do let us know in your email.

  • Q I want to hire a sports pitch or court for filming, how does this work?

    You still apply to FilmFixer who will then liaise with the relevant sports pitch/court for your booking. Some pitches/courts come with hire costs which need to paid on top of location fees and administration costs. FilmFixer will be able to advise of the costs following your application.

  • Q My filming involves a drone, what do I need to know and do?

    Any filming involving a drone will require a separate licence. Please review the application form, guidance notes and information sheet which can be found at www.filmapp.org

  • Q What do I do if I am unsure as to whether a location is in this borough or not?

    Google Maps provide a very helpful link which shows the different borough boundaries, please check this link before applying to film. Many boroughs have private property which the council cannot licence you to film on, FilmFixer will be able to advise if this is the case with you location following your application.

  • Q When do I need to talk to the police?

    You will need to obtain police consent when you are filming with anything that looks like a weapon (knives, baseball bats etc), any replica or airsoft firearms, when you have actors in uniform, if you are filming with replica emergency vehicles, if your scenes could seen as a criminal or violent act, if you have real or perceived nudity or when there could be an issue with public safety due to your filming. The contact details for the MET Police Film Unit are:filmunit@met.police.uk 0203 054 5555 or 07768 055 260

  • Q Who do I contact for a child’s licence?

    Any filming which involves the employment of children (whether paid or not) requires approval from the relevant council’s education department. The licence must be issued by the council where the child lives, and not the borough where the filming is taking place.

  • Q Who in your office do I need to speak to about my filming?

    If you are working on a large scale commercial, a TV drama or a Feature film, it is likely you will need to speak to Borough Film Officer who are listed on our contact us page. If you are a student, charity production, small scale filming enquiry or small scale commercial (and the shoot does not involve drones or other complex elements) you need to speak to a member of the coordinator team. Alternatively, please email info@filmfixer.co.uk and we will pass your enquiry onto the relevant member of staff who will then contact you.

  • Q Will the council charge a location fee for my film shoot?

    Location fees are what the council charge for the use of an area for commercial filming purposes. Location fees are chargeable when your filming takes place in ANY of the following locations. Parks, green spaces, square, pedestrian areas, markets, interiors of buildings, leisure centres, swimming pools, estates, river side walkways and car parks. When filming on a public highway, you will not be charged a location fee, however you can expect administration costs along with other associated costs dependent on what you are doing and the equipment you are using. Please see our Fees and Lead in Times document which can be downloaded from www.filmapp.org

Contact information

Croydon Film Office representative is Andrew Pavord
Chairman
Andrew@filmfixer.co.uk

Croydon Film Office representative is Charlie Scott
Film Officer
info@filmfixer.co.uk

24hr emergency phone: 07919 002 115
Please only use this emergency contact number if you have concerns about filming taking place at the moment. If you need to apply for a film license please go to FilmApp.