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Tower Hamlets makes Mission: Impossible - Fallout Possible!

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Over several months, Tower Hamlets has been thrilled into action with Mission: Impossible - Fallout, the sixth instalment in the film series.

Tom Cruise, aka Ethan Hunt, and his IMF team find themselves in a race against time after a mission goes wrong. With Tom Cruise at the helm, the film sees several iconic characters reprising their roles with new characters joining the franchise resulting in a stella cast including Rebecca Ferguson, Vanessa Kirby, Henry Cavill, Simon Pegg, Alec Baldwin, Michelle Monaghan and Ving Rhames to name a few!

Christopher McQuarrie also returns to direct his second Mission: Impossible film.

Tower Hamlets Film Office, managed by The Film Office, worked closely with the locations department to facilitate filming across multiple locations in the borough. To say this was involved shoot is an understatement and Tom Cruise breaking his ankle performing a stunt in the capital resulted in several schedule changes.

The shoot took months in the making and involved a considerable amount of professional liaison and management. In our depth knowledge of the borough, close working relationships with local residents & businesses and proactive approach ensured the interests of all stakeholders were factored in at all stages.

Despite the challenges that filming of this size and scale naturally brings we worked closely with the production to complete successful filming at multiple locations - creating community benefits opportunities to ensure the borough and its community saw real benefit and social value from accommodating the filming including: 

  • Working with local charity Four Corners in Tower Hamlets to provide on set work experience for local residents
  • Creating employment opportunities for local residents from filming taking place in their neighbourhood
  • Obtaining donations to local resident & community associations to support the work they carry out in the local area
  • Set Visits for local residents & businesses
  • Below-the-line production in spend - one area benefited from approx. £70,000 spent in the local area whilst filming

The Film Office Director Dominic Reeve-Tucker says "The Office for National Statistics figures show that since 2014 the economic value of the UK's film, TV and music industries has grown 72.4%, compared with just 8.5% across the European Union. This boom is being fuelled by Hollywood studios increasingly choosing to shoot big-budget films in the UK, attracted by significant government tax breaks, as well as access to top-class on- and off-screen talent and studio facilities.

Under our management Tower Hamlets reached its highest ever position as the second most filmed borough in the capital in 2014, maintained in 2015, 2016 & 2017. Our film service management maintains our commitment to our client boroughs and their communities to provide maximum benefit at minimal inconvenience at all times."


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Location Manager, David Campbell-Bell says: "The Film Office has offered tremendous support facilitating and welcoming Mission: Impossible 6 to Tower Hamlets. 

Their team has met every challenge with enthusiasm and professionalism that has enabled practical solutions to ensure a successful shoot for all parties.

It's been a highly ambitious shoot with a relentless schedule involving multiple locations/scenes, including the opening night sequence of the film.

Both The Film Office and Locations Team have worked incredibly hard alongside each other to balance the interests of the production and local residents & businesses - together we have been able to provide additional benefits including employment, on set work experience, set visits and donations to local associations to support their community work.

London is an exciting, world-leading film city and deserves to be on the big screen - we are extremely grateful for the support The Film Office has shown our production that contributes to the positive benefits filming brings to both to the local and wider community."

The production facilitated work experience from 4 Corners - a local learning, production and exhibition centre for film and photography, which supports new talent to establish practitioners, enabling work that challenges and inspires. Tower Hamlets being the second (to Westminster) most popular filming destination in London, are literally creating opportunities for employment on the doorsteps of local residents. 

Local resident Mark Jones got in touch with the production after receiving a letter though his door as part of their consultation for filming in Shoreditch.

"I live in Shoreditch and have a genuine interest in the film industry recently completing a degree in Film Practise at the London College of Communication - part of UAL.

After approaching the production I was invited down for a set visit where I got to see my first film set. 2 weeks later I was working on that film set as a Location Marshall in the Location Department Team - it provided me a fantastic foundation and understanding of what a location department manages in film production. I obtained first hand experience supporting multiple departments & people from actors, SFX, Camera, Make-Up, Costume, Lighting to the 1st AD in a variety of ways.

I can honestly say it's been a fantastic experience and for the first time in a long time, I'm really looking forward to what the rest of the year will hold for me, working in the movies.

Many thanks Jupiter Spring Productions and especially David (Campbell-Bell) & Niall (O'Shea)."

This wasn't it for Mark, the Location Department hired him on as a Location Marshall for the duration of the shoot, resulting in employment for approx. 3 months. 

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Local Associations welcomed the filming & benefits generated by The Film Office:

Film Liaison Officer, Jeannie Taylor-Lowen of Norton Folgate says "It can be exiting to have film crews turning your neighbourhood into a film set - it can also be challenging. Therefore being able to easily liaise with The Film Office has proven extremely useful. Our neighbourhood residents group - the Norton Folgate Community Group are committed to improving the day to day lives of our members in a direct and tangible way. This has included raising funds to secure off street bicycle racks, enabled the removal of dumped rubbish and we are arranging a window cleaning service for our residents' homes. We very much appreciated the funding raised by Tower Hamlets Film Office; it contributes to improving the quality of life for our local communities"

Whilst filming at Bishopsgate several times, the production had a large impact on the local area. This consisted of road & footpath closures outside of Shoreditch High Street Station, and also illuminating Shoreditch with 3 cranes. However, with careful planning and thorough consultation, the production successfully managed to film at this location on 4 separate occasions. 

Chair of JAGO, Rebecca Collings says "Jago Actions Group's neighbourhood area, south of Arnold Circus and facing the Goodsyard, is very popular with film crews and photographers. While it can be a distraction for residents trying to get to work or get their kids to school, it's great to see the area put to creative use. Especially the long-derelict Goodsyard site. 

The whole neighbourhood was buzzing with the news that Tom Cruise was 'in the hood'. On two occasions in fact, because he apparently broke his ankle while filming last year and the crew was back in January. Cables, film vehicles, lots of people in high vis jackets add to the general neighbourhood buzz. The donations negotiated by the Film Office help to compensate for any disruption and support community efforts to keep our neighbourhood great."

Mission: Impossible, Fallout is due for release on 26th July 2018.