Newham Welcomes Your Friendly Neighbourhood Spider-Man!
All the way from Queens, New York, Spider-Man returns to our screens and this time he has been spinning his webs in Newham! Directed by Jon Watts, Spiderman: Far From Home follows Peter Parker on a summer holiday with his friends, however Peter ends up trying to save his cohorts against a villain known only as Mysterio, played by Jake Gyllenhaal. The film has a superstar cast including Tom Holland, Samuel L Jackson, Cobie Smulders and Zendaya.
The production filmed in multiple locations across the borough with support from Newham Film Office, managed by The Film Office. Involving more than a month of prep at one of our fantastic derelict private location's, Millennium Mills, the production filmed a high variety of action scenes, constructing sets within the building's structure. Millennium Mills offered a post-industrial factory with waterways to the North and the East. Once a flour mill, it has now been stripped back and is a mix of bare concrete walls, floors and pillars, decaying architecture, broken windows, wide open-plan floors, original spiral flour slides, intriguing pieces of machinery, unusual factory remnants and unique variety of spaces.
Thanks to our established, local connections we were able to organise a guest lecture at University of East London (UEL), one of our fantastic filming locations. The supervising location manager on the shoot, David Pennington, spoke for an hour talking to prospective students at the University about the challenges a Location Manager faces filming in such a busy city as London. Emily The Film Officer on the job commented, "It was great for the students at UEL to understand Location Management as a route into their filming career. David spoke about starting his work within the industry and his great achievements working alongside directors like Tim Burton. The students took an interest in what David had to say, asking for his autograph after the session."
We cannot wait to see Newham featured in this much-loved franchise when it is released in cinemas worldwide on 5th of July 2019!