Sunday, 10 January 2010

St Bartholomew-the-Location

If one is to take a walk around the city of London at the weekend, it's likely that one would come across a film crew. Besides being relatively quiet outside the working week, the square mile has a comprehensive line-up of architecture ready made for the backdrop to a location shot. One of the more interesting is also one of the very oldest - the church of St Bartholomew-the-Great, still in use and a favourite with the canny production manager.

This Christmas I'm pretty sure I've seen it used in two new films: unquestionably as the backdrop for an opening set piece in Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes; and possibly as a small insert during Rob Marshall's new musical Nine.

According to the church's website, this would take the church's involvement in the big screen into double figures (Four Weddings And A Funeral & Robin Hood Prince Of Thieves are the most noteworthy productions to have made use of the building). And this doesn't take into account the television programmes which have been made in and around it.

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