Oscar-nominated film locations in south west London and Surrey
In celebration of the Oscars, we take a look at the locations in our local area that provided the backdrop to previous nominees and winners
The Favourite – Hampton Court Palace
Set to sweep up a whole host of honours this awards season, The Favourite is a historical period drama telling of the eccentric Queen Anne and her relationship between two cousins vying to be the monarch’s main aid. Making use of the opulent grounds of Hampton Court Palace, filming took place in this iconic Surrey location along the Thames with scenes shot in The Cartoon Gallery, Fountain Court and Henry VIII’s kitchens.
War Horse – Wisley and Farnham
Michael Morpurgo’s story of the bond between a horse and a young boy destined for the fields of the Somme received an on screen makeover by Steven Spielberg, known for his World War epics, with the likes of Dunkirk and Saving Private Ryan to his name. The production was taken to Wisley Airfield in Surrey where they recreated No Man’s Land battlefield scenes and Bourne Wood near Farnham in Surrey was also used as a location for depicting wartime camps.
The Wings of the Dove – Brompton Cemetery and Painshill Park
Brompton Cemetery is used as the setting for a scene in 1997 film, The Wings of the Dove, an adaptation of a Henry James novel staring Helena Bonham Carter. In the film, the character Kate tends to the grave of her mother and another scene uses the open green spaces of Painshill Park, Surrey.
A Clockwork Orange – Wandsworth
A 1971 dystopian cult classic directed by Stanley Kubrick and based on the grizzly Anthony Burgess novel is a famously disturbing depiction of a charismatic delinquent with ultra-violent tendencies. The central character leads his gang around London and plots terror on locals. A scene depicting the gang attacking the homeless man is filmed in the subway between Trinity Road and Swandon Way in Wandsworth and later on, the homeless character takes his revenge on the Chelsea Embankment. There was also a fight scene filmed in the hotel on Taggs Island near Hampton Court (since demolished).
The King’s Speech
This Academy Award, BAFTA and Golden Globe winning film chronicles King George VI’s ascension to the throne of the British Empire in 1936 and the relationship established with the speech therapist employed to aid the King’s speech. The film’s critical moment sees Colin Firth step up to the microphone to make his first wartime radio broadcast on Britain’s declaration of war on Germany in 1939 – a poignant moment that richly symbolises Britain’s role in the wake of Nazism that at this point was sweeping across Europe. The film’s depiction of the BBC control room is a control centre in south London’s Battersea Power Station.