London is undoubtedly an iconic city that has been captured on screen since the dawn of motion pictures. Admittedly film-makers are often guilty of playing fast and loose with the city’s geography but why is such an instantly recognisable city so frequently asked to stand in for equally famous locations?
Undoubtedly some of these substitutions are for purely practical reasons; budgets, proximity to studios like Shepperton and Pinewood etc. Occasionally the reasons are more intriguing. Stanley Kubrick reportedly filmed much of Full Metal Jacket’s Vietnamese exteriors at Becton Gas Works (requiring an import of 200 palm trees) because of his fear of flying. But why, in a film that happily location hops as much as 2012’s Skyfall, does James Bond mistake a tower in Broadgate for downtown Shanghai? What does it say about modern commercial architecture that we are perfectly prepared to believe Foster and Partner’s Bloomberg building in Finsbury Square is the Silicon Valley headquarters of Ex Machina’s Google-a-like, Blue Book?
Join us on a tour through London via Moscow, New York, Milan, Gotham City, Hong Kong and the planet Xandar as we explore more cases of mistaken identity.
10:30 - 13:00
201 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 3AB
We will meeting opposite the Worship Street entrance