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I discovered a new website this week detailing London Film Locations.
In advance of Location London, a film studies conference happening in March, a new blog London Streets on Film, is detailing one London Film location each day - you can explore the locations on a map.
This week Wood Green High Road featured - The Fishmongers Arms (which we have written about before) was one location in The Long Good Friday (1980) The exterior of the pub - then known as "Fagans" served as a Belfast pub within the story - interior shots purporting to be the same pub were filmed further down Green Lanes in the Salisbury in Harringay.
Several other local areas have been locations for feature films - perhaps most famously Palmers Green High Street was used to film part of the Knight Bus sequence in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
The sight of a bright purple triple decker bus trundling up Green Lanes is something you don't see every day.
You can read an item about the Palmers Green filming from a fans perspective.
Not quite feature Film - but one episode of Dr Who was set and filmed around Alexandra Palace linking the first major UK TV event - the Coronation of QEII -with the Ally Pally TV studios and broadcast mast.
London filmmaker Mike Leigh lived in Earlham Grove - alongside Woodside Park for many years - so it's no surprise that several of his films about surburban London included local locations.
In "Secrets And Lies" for example the character played by Timothy Spall lived in Hampden Way Southgate and ran his own photographic studio on The Green, Winchmore Hill - this was a genuine studio re-used as a location for the film (more info here).
A Time Out interview with Mike Leigh traces the locations of several more of his London based films read the full article online.
Muswell Hill (and Crouch End) was of course the location for Simon Pegg's film "Shaun of the Dead" but he wasn't the first to film on the streets of Muswell Hill. In fact exterior film locations in our part of London have been used for almost as long as there has been moving film! Robert W Paul was a pioneer of British Cinema who shot several street scenes around Muswell Hill.
The video Below "An Extraordinary Cab Accident" was filmed in 1903 just off Colney Hatch Lane on the north corner of Newton Avenue and Pembroke Road.
The details of this film - and a background to R W Paul - are covered in a fascinating and informative blog by Roland-François Lack called "My Local Filmmaker"
Do you know of any other films shot in our neighbourhood?
I've got one, I've got one! The Infidel was filmed a stones throw away from us... see if you can spot an local locations... you gotta be eagle-eyed and quick though!
is it the opening scene of the trailer, front of house & looking up the street? Thought I recognised it.
And the cigar goes to Mr Richard McKeever himself!
In episode 1 of the first series of Spaced Daisy and Tim discuss their childhoods (so they can fool their landlady into thinking they are a couple) while walking down Myddleton Road. It was on this week on the new London channel. Here's the link
Can I have a cigar as well?
Brilliant - great spot Alison, Here is the sequence below:
(not sure about a cigar... this is a no smoking website!)
Thanks to @SebPatrick via Twitter for a bit more info - Myddleton Road (outside George Moore's Menswear) makes another brief appearance in a flashback sequence in episode 4 of the first series (see below at about 35 seconds in). The fact that Director Edgar Wright used to live in a Myddleton Road flat may have something to do with the choice of location!