A Festival of Film

As well as the home of Cutty Sark, the Meridian Line, a collection of Christopher Wren designed buildings, a World Heritage Site and an all-round top place to be, Greenwich is also a popular film location…

You can spot Greenwich in all kinds of movies going back as far 1958 when Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman shot some of romantic comedy Indiscreet in the Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College. In fact, the Old Royal Naval College is a firm favourite of Hollywood helmsmen and British directors alike.

Recent movies shot on the world-famous site include Muppets: Most Wanted, Skyfall, The Man from Uncle, Ken Branagh’s Cinderella and Thor: The Dark World which featured the windows of the Painted Hall exploding inward in spectacular style. Don’t worry – it was all achieved through the magic of the movies.

The whole of the central avenue of the Old Royal Naval College was transformed into an 18th century street for Jack Sparrow to make a swashbuckling escape after being dragged face first through the fabulously decorated Painted Hall in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Sorry, that’s Captain Jack Sparrow. And he would probably prefer ‘escorted’ not ‘dragged’.

The Old Royal Naval College is possibly at its most recognisable in the spectacular 2012 version of luvvie musical blockbuster Les Miserables, which took over the entire site when it was in production just before the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

So don’t forget to keep your eyes open when you visit Greenwich and see if you can recognise which bits are part of the Hollywoodland of South East London!

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