Filming in Harrow

Christina Ricci and John Simms
come to Harrow, starring in a film
provisionally called Miranda.
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but it was reduced to a community nib.

Harrow council is expected to receive £21,000 after one of the boroughs libraries was closed last week for a film production inside Gayton library in Harrow.

FilmFour chose to film on location in Gayton Library because they specifically wanted a particular building which matched the time the film was set in. The front facade has an unusual sculpture to it made from concrete.

A Harrow council spokeswoman said: “Gayton library was chosen for its 1960s look”. Gayton library was built in 1966 “and was considered in its time to be an innovative design”.

Filming, by Feelgood Films for FilmFour, was scheduled until Friday and the library was open once again for public use over the weekend. No other filming for this production is expected to be filmed in Harrow, as filming will continue elsewhere in London including Trafalgar Square and in the North of England.

The money given to the Harrow council will be spent buying new library stock. The new books are expected to be distributed between the borough’s eleven libraries.

The library was rearranged and other books were brought in specifically as props. The entrance of Gayton library was changed and in the film it will been referred to as Central library and will be set in Yorkshire.

John Simm, star of Human Traffic and a fast rising young British actor, is to play Frank - a daydreaming librarian working behind the information desk in a library. Starring opposite Christina Ricci (Miranda) in a dark love story, Frank is drawn into Miranda’s chaotic and complex life.

Kyle MacLachlan (Blue Velvet and recently Sex and the City) and John Hurt (Alien and The Elephant Man) are also starring in the film, but were not involved in the filming in Harrow.

The film provisionally named Miranda is directed by Marc Munden and it is his debut film. Munden has already directed a number of successful television series, including Vanity Fair (BBC) and Touching Evil (ITV).

Elsewhere in Harrow last week, the Apollo pub in Pinner was also closed for on location filming. Ricki Tomlinson and Phil Jupitus are starring in a film about the search for a new football manager.

“Harrow is a popular film destination,” said a council spokeswoman. Harrow School and Pinner are often used. Pinner in particular, because it is a conservation area and Harrow School have their own Film Officer. Also the churches in Harrow have been used in EastEnders.

The attraction of filming in Harrow is also its proximity to Elstree and Borehamwood.

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