Channel 4 dresses community centre as an American School for upcoming series!

Lucy Kirkwood is adapting her Olivier award-winning stage play Chimerica into a four-part Channel 4 drama and production kicked off filming for the series by shooting 2 days in one of our private community centres in May!

Titled Chimerica, the U.K. series, written by Kirkwood, examines the changing fortunes of the U.S. and China. The powerful and thrilling 4 X 60' series explores not just the relationship between East and West, but also some of the most urgent issues affecting society today. Set against the run-up to the 2016 US Presidential election, the original play has been updated to reflect the giddying political changes of the last two years, the series will bring into even sharper focus vital issues such as fake news, the undermining of political protest, the battle between present and future superpowers, the future of democracy itself, and our growing ease with the manipulation of fact and image. 

The production came to Film Office looking for an American stylised school room to take over for 2 days and Theatre and Community Centre was the perfect fit for their needs.

Location Manager David Biswell commented, "The location and its staff were very accommodating through out our filming activities. It offered us a great backdrop for our New York school hall and provided enough flexibility to be able to work comfortably in the Space. This was one of the first productions the location had ever facilitated in the community centre and The Film Office worked hard to make sure they were aware of our requirements for the shoot days"

Film Officer George Glynn said, "It was interesting to see how the production transformed the hall of the Centre into an American style school hall. The community centre in Hackney had a real sense of community about it as everyone collaborated together for this shoot. I look forward to working again for future shoots at this location and seeing the series on screen."

The cast of the series has been released as Emmy Award winner Cherry Jones (Transparent, The Handmaid's Tale, 24) Oscar, BAFTA and Golden Globe-nominated Sophie Okonedo (Hotel Rwanda, The Hollow Crown, The Slap) and F. Murray Abraham (Homeland, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Inside Llewelyn Davis)