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Enfield’s taste of Oscar glory

Published Monday, 23 February 2015

Oscar winning film “The Phone Call” was largely shot on location in one Enfield Council’s vacant commercial units it has been revealed.

Large sections of the film, made by Ridley Scott Associates, were shot at the Claverings Industrial Estate at the location provided by Enfield Council in March 2013. It won the award for Best Short Film: Live Action at last night’s (Sunday 22 February) 87th Academy Award Ceremony in Los Angeles.

The film by Mat Kirkby and James Lucas tells the story of a woman working for a crisis centre phone help line who receives a call from a suicidal older man. The encounter changes the lives of all of those involved in the call.

The film stars Golden Globe winner Sally Hawkins as the call centre worker Heather, and Academy Award winner Jim Broadbent as the troubled caller Stan. Other cast members include Edward Hogg  and Prunella Scales. Before the Oscars’ glory, the film had earned plaudits from the Tribcea Film Festival and the Seattle Film Festival.

Enfield Council Leader, Cllr Doug Taylor, said “I’m absolutely thrilled that The Phone Call won an Oscar and we’re terribly excited that we were able to contribute towards The Phone Call’s success in our own small way.

“We’d like to congratulate the film makers, stars and production company on their fabulous win. “This Oscar win shows that Enfield is an ideal location for shooting films, and we’ve got a long track record in working with film and television companies because of this.”

If you would like to enquire about filming in the borough please contact Strategic Property Services on 0208 379 1000.

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