CHELSEA ON FILM
With its diverse architecture and rich history, Chelsea has always been in demand as a location for films.
With its diverse architecture and rich history, Chelsea has always been in demand as a location for films
Aside from being home to many of the world’s most famous thespians (including Sir Laurence Olivier, Vivien Leigh, Judy Garland and Ava Gardner), with its diverse architecture and rich history, Chelsea has always been in demand as a location for films. Here are just a few of the films that have been shot in the area…
Michaelangelo Antonioni’s thriller sees glamorous fashion photographer showing his portfolio to his agent in El Blason, 8 -9 Blacklands Terrace, and attending a party on Cheyne Walk.
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
The McDonald’s on King’s Road used to be the infamous Chelsea Drugstore, which doubled as a record store visited by Alex (Malcolm McDowell) and the tramps take his revenge on Alex on the Chelsea Embankment, by Oakley Street, in Stanley Kubrik’s iconic film.
Withnail and I (1986)
Monty, played by Richard Griffiths, lives at 35 Glebe Place and is visited by nephew Withnail (Richard E Grant) and his friend, played by Paul McGann and named only as ‘…& I’ in the end credits. Bruce Robinson’s black comedy is a cult favourite and counts the Beatles George Harrison as one of its executive producers.
Match Point (2005)
Scarlett Johansson’s American actress character Nola auditions for a role at the Royal Court Theatre in Woody Allen’s thriller.
A Good Year (2006)
The iconic Bluebird Café on King’s Road features in Ridley Scott’s romantic comedy.
Alex Rider: Stormbreaker (2006)
Adapted from Anthony Horowitz’s novel, this film stars Alex Pettyfer as teenage spy Alex Rider, who lives in St Leonard’s Terrace.
M returns to her ‘Knightsbridge’ home, to find Bond alive and ready for service, it is in fact 82 Cadogan Square. The film makers were, in fact, paying a veiled tribute to John Barry, who had died in 2011, and who was responsible for so many of the classic Bond tunes. This was his London home and they though it would be a nice, though discreet way, to acknowledge Barry’s contribution to the James Bond movies. (With thanks to www.london-walking-tours.co.uk for this snippet)