Highly anticipated WW2 Drama Fury to close BFI London Film Festival
This Sunday sees the closing night gala of the 58th BFI London Film Festival, a 12 day event which reaffirms the UK’s place at the forefront of international feature film production. High profile UK/US collaborations produced in the UK have featured prominently, with The Imitation Game (Black Bear Pictures) opening the festival last Wednesday and the European premiere of WW2 action drama Fury (QED International) closing proceedings on Sunday night.
Starring Brad Pitt, Fury portrays one tank crew’s efforts to survive the last days of the Second World War. The film recreates war-torn mainland Europe in painstaking detail, but its haunting rural settings are actually southeast England – with Fury shooting in a host of locations including the Chiltern Hills and Bovingdon Airfield in Hertfordshire, where the film set up a production base.
The production also based itself at the world famous Pinewood Studios, allowing easy access to the filming resources and infrastructure for which the UK has become famous.
As this was QED International’s first UK-based production, the British Film Commission was on hand to provide support, advising on the UK Film Tax Relief and co-ordinating their location search via the UK’s expert regional and national screen agencies.
Given the film’s ambitious scope, an experienced crew was a prerequisite, and Fury was able to capitalise on the talent available in the UK. The production hired crew with significant experience of major productions, such as Co-Producer Jeremy Johns and Production Supervisor David Cains who have re-united for Alice Through The Looking Glass (Disney), currently in production at Shepperton Studios. Other UK key crew included First Assistant Director Toby Hefferman, currently on Mission: Impossible 5 (Paramount) at WB Studios Leavesden, and Bond veteran, Location Manager Russell Lodge.
Abundance of creativity
The film also took full advantage of our significant creative talent, including Art Directors Phil Harvey and Mark Scruton and Composer Steven Price, a recent Oscar winner for his work on the universally acclaimed Gravity (Warner Bros.), also made in the UK.
US/UK collaborations featured strongly throughout the festival, including The Imitation Game (Black Bear Pictures) screening at the opening night gala and A Little Chaos (Lionsgate/BBC Films) having its European premiere.
As the BFI London Film Festival is brought to a close by Fury, and with Mission: Impossible 5 (Paramount) and Star Wars VII (LucasFilm) amongst the major films currently shooting here, the UK continues to thrive as an international centre for production.