Lights, Camera, Action...Ealing!

Think Ealing, think world class Ealing Studios and world-famous Ealing Comedy classic films. These iconic films capturing the very essence of post-war Britishness were produced at the studios during what is now viewed as a ten-year golden period from 1947 to 1957.The Ealing cult comedies included gems such as The Lavender Hill Mob, Kind Hearts and Coronets and Whiskey Galore.

The Ealing Comedies were a product of their unique time and perhaps they will never be quite matched for their insight into the British character and quirky sense of humour. But Ealing in 2020 is still a hothouse for film production thanks to the revitalised Ealing Studios, the many production houses across the borough and a proactive council.  

When all the production, studio and filming space, across the borough is combined, Ealing hosts the most filming activity of all eight west London boroughs.

There is also exciting, young talent emerging from the borough’s filmmaking and drama schools, including the Metropolitan Film School and the University of West London’s Film and Media school which can boast Oscar-winning students amongst its cohort*. Ealing Council also manages and runs the West London Film office (WLFO).

Ealing’s WLFO works with film production companies and location managers, to help find them the best filming locations in the borough. When that’s done, they’ll pull together the whole 360 degree of services needed for a successful shoot day outside the studio including issuing film licences, liaising with location contacts dealing with permissions for road closures and more.

Ewan Willmott, of Ealing’s WLFO, said: “As part of Ealing Council, our staff have an extensive knowledge of the borough and a combined total of more than 30 years’ experience working in film locations. Plus, Ealing has a rich and colourful film history and we have had many major stars grace the Queen of the Suburbs including Jude Law, Natalie Portman, Catherine Tate, the cast of Downton Abbey and Ealing born Oscar-winning director Steve McQueen.”

As well as the world renown Ealing Studios, which houses an eco-system of creative businesses including the Imaginarium Studios and the Mad Dog casting agency,    and the WLFO, Ealing is also home to many production and music studios. Amongst these are the Black Island Studios and Panic Music as well as supply chain companies serving the entertainment industry.

Businesses in the borough which are looking to recruit staff can also use Ealing Council's WorkWest team which offers a free recruitment service to help companies find suitable staff and apprentices.

The film industry in Ealing also creates a buzz about the borough and helps fuel job creation in supporting industries, such as leisure. Ealing town centre’s Ibis hotel sports fun-film themed décor through its bars, restaurants and rooms and is a big draw for starry-eyed guests.

Michelle Jenkins, Head of Production Services of Film London, said: “It's not just a rich film history that Ealing has to offer, it is today home to many production services helping Film London ensure that the capital maintains its film friendly reputation across the industry worldwide.

“One of the founding partners of the London Filming Partnership, Ealing plays a crucial role in providing locations, facilities and a whole host of services that are needed in the film and TV industries. It is also training the next generation of film makers through its excellent colleges and institutions.”

So if you are a production or filming company seeking a flexible space, in a young, creative, energetic borough, fantastically connected just ten minutes from Heathrow, with three tube lines and soon to be on Crossrail...with an unbeatable film heritage and a can-do council...get in touch with us today.

Above: Ealing's Ibis film-themed hotel.

 

To view this year’s Ealing In London article about the borough’s film and creative heritage and industry please click here.

To read more about filming in Ealing on Ewan Willmott's WLFO 'Reel Life' blog, click here

If you are a production company interested in finding out more about the creative sector in Ealing borough or potential available space and would like to talk to us further, please click here to contact us .

 

*In 2018, two former UWL graduates, producer Rebecca Harris and assistant producer Tom Turner won an Oscar for Live Action Short ‘The Silent Child’.