Having a major feature film shot in your local area can dramatically increase property prices, according to the Halifax, which reports that in Cambridge – where 2014 blockbuster The Theory of Everything is set – the typical cost of a home has jumped 26% since 2009 to stand at £320,228.
And property values in Milton Keynes, where film crews descended on to shoot 2014 thriller The Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch, have jumped by 25% to £245,072.
Nuns on the Run
Remember this comedy from 1990 starring Eric Idle and Robbie Coltrane, where two crooks dress up as nuns after their gangster boss targets them for assassination? The scene where a security van approaches the bank that is about to be robbed features The Broadway.
This 2004 box office hit starred Kirsten Dunst and Paul Bettany. The latter plays a tennis player who has lost his ambition and has fallen in rank to 119. He then meets a young player on the women’s circuit who helps him re-find his focus for winning Wimbledon. Some scenes were filmed during the Championships in 2003 between matches – the only time in the history of the tournament this has been allowed.
Nobody Runs Forever
This British film is based on John Cleary’s 1966 novel The High Commissioner and was made in 1968. It stars Rod Taylor, who plays a policeman from Sydney sent to investigate a case about an Australian citizen, currently acting as high commissioner for peace talks who is wanted for an old murder charge. This, too, features shots outside the gates at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on Church Road.
This 1970 film about a businessman who blackmails his attractive young secretary into spending a weekend with him stars Peter Sellers and Sinéad Cusack and features shots of Wimbledon Windmill.
Most recently, the first Bollywood movie to be filmed at the Wimbledon Studios in Deer Park Road included location shots in The Broadway, Wimbledon Common and Wimbledon Village. And the SW19 connections are continued by the fact producer Chris Bunyan and production designer Simon Godfrey are both from Wimbledon.
Total Siyapaa, which was released in 2014, is the story of a British Indian woman who falls in love with a Pakistani man. The rom-com covers the differences between India and Pakistan and hopes to foster a deeper understanding between the two countries. However, a series of mishaps occur when Pakistani rock star Aman – played by Ali Zafar – meets the parents of his British-Sikh love interest Asha, who is played by Yami Gautam.
Other film to feature Wimbledon include Cor, Blimey – the 2000 release that dramatises the love affair between Sidney James and Barbara Windsor – and Séance on a Wet Afternoon. This 1964 release stars a young Richard Attenborough and features scenes shot in Peek Crescent.
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