Merry Christmas from the Waltham Forest Film Office!

An unprecedented and challenging year for all would be an understatement.

As with all industry sectors its’ been a tough year for the Film Industry, however we’ve been proud in playing our part in a unified approach to support production restart safely to aid economic recovery and get people back to work! Since filming was cleared to continue from June this year, the desire for new content from all has never been greater and Waltham Forest has since an upsurge in filming over the past 6 months, everything ranging from TV Dramas, Commercials to Documentraies and music videos. Here are some of our wintery highlights to get you in that Christmas mood!

No Masks

Working in conjunction with Moonshine Features and Whisper Films, No Masks is a TV Drama like no other. Produced by Sky Arts with the assistance of Theatre Royal, Stratford East, it weaves together imagined narratives from real life testiments from key workers with a fiction arc, and is a testament to the dedication of key workers during the COVID, crisis as well as an exploration of all of our shared hopes and fears during this extraordinary time. The production company approached the Waltham Forest Film Office, managed by The Film Office looking to film scenes at Higham Hill Common Allotment and we were more than happy to help them on this important project.

Nadia Fall, Artistic Director of Stratford East, based in East London commented: “While our physical doors are shut our creative mission is to give a voice to those on the frontline and to bring people together. We are thrilled to be working with Sky Arts and Moonshine Features to showcase the brilliant stories of key workers from our community and be a part of Sky Arts as it becomes free for everyone to watch. We hope this project will be both life-affirming and a moving reality check of what everyday people are living through at this extraordinary time.” No Masks is available to catch up now on Sky, or for more information on the project and to find the original testomonies from key workers, follow the link here.

I Hate Suzie

Created by Lucy Prebble and Billie Piper, I Hate Suzie pits Piper in the title role of an actress whos life is thrown into turmoil when her phone is hacked and comprimising photos of her are leaked. Made by “His Dark Materials” producers Bad Wolf, the production filmed on Orford Road late last year for various dialogue scenes with their main character. Orford Road’s, one of East London’s nicest streets offers a great controllable location, and worked perfectly for production who filmed there across a day. The street lies at the heart of Walthamstow Village and contains a pedestrianised area and multitude of colourful independent shops.

I Hate Suzie is now available on catch up on Sky TV.

Since the first lockdown in March of this year, an incredible amount of work has been done by the Film and Television industry and various bodies in drawing up a wide range of practical and safe guidelines for filming and photographing across the industry. From regular testing, to face coverings and inter-departmental bubbles the industry reacted quickly to the pandemic which meant that when filming was cleared to continue in June, productions were able to get restarted at a rapid pace.

Film London CEO, Adrian Wootton recently commented “Filming is permitted for productions in London and across all four UK nations who are operating within appropriate industry guidelines in COVID-secure settings…I remain fully confident in the UK screen sector’s ability to restart production safely and support our country’s economic recovery”.

We already have lots of exciting projects coming up in the new year, so we can’t wait to get started in 2021. Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas from the team at Film Office.

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