Star of 12 Years A Slave movie debut shot in Wandsworth

Labour councillor Simon Hogg tweeted a photo from the film on Tuesday morning.

Labour councillor Simon Hogg tweeted a photo from the film on Tuesday morning.

First published in News by , Chief Reporter

Despite winning a Golden Globe and being hotly-tipped for an Oscar next month Chiwetel Ejiofor's screen debut was actually filmed in Wandsworth Town Hall.

The 12 Years a Slave actor starred in 2002's Dirty Pretty Things, directed by Stephen Frears, which follows two immigrants in central London.

Although the majority of the film was shot in central London several parts, including the lavish lobby scenes featuring Ejiofor and co-star Audrey Tautou, were shot in the main lobby in the Town Hall.

Labour councillor Simon Hogg tweeted a photo from the film on Tuesday morning.

A spokesman for Wandsworth Council said: "A film company fitted out the marble hall entrance to the Town Hall to look like a hotel lobby for the film."

In his latest film Ejiofor, who is up for a Best Actor gong at next month's Oscars ceremony, plays Soloman Northup - a freeborn man who is sold back into the slave trade.

A report last year suggested that one in every ten film projects shot on location in London takes place in the Wandsworth area - making it the third most popular borough for filming.

Scenes from A Clockwork Orange, The Dark Knight, The Iron Lady and The King's Speech have also been filmed in Wandsworth.

 

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