Kings Cross isn’t short of gritty urban locations and Randell’s Road is being used for a film shoot again today. A small crew is filming a short called ‘Land Fit for Heroes’ about three men in an old folks home who set out to rob a bank. But their car has had its wheels stolen. Perhaps not on the same scale as the Ladykillers and Harry Potter, the film will hit festivals, not multiplexes. Islington Councils Film office is here. Previous shoots on Randell’s Road have used the imposing, crumbling Victorian brick wall of the old mortuary railways station as a back drop. York Central the wonderful art deco building with views overlooking Kings Cross and St Pancras is also used for filming and photo shoots. Somewhat less gritty is Thornhill Square in Barnsbury (or Kings Cross Borders, as Barnsbury is becoming known). Thornhill square has seen filming for Four Weddings and others but i remember it best for an episode of The Professionals where Body and Doyle are hunting the Bulgarian secret service set up in a house on the square – there is a good chase scene through a wedding party at the church.
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