30 Oct 2013
Stansted’s iconic terminal is about to grace the silver screen yet again as it plays a starring role in Dame Judi Dench’s new movie blockbuster, Philomena, which opens in cinemas on Friday.
A 200 strong cast and crew, which also included comedian Steve Coogan, descended upon the airport last autumn to shoot scenes for the drama using the award winning passenger terminal as a backdrop.
Kim Ruskin, Stansted Airport’s Commercial Filming Manager, said:
"We were delighted to welcome Dame Judi, Steve and the Philomena crew to Stansted. They filmed scenes at number of locations around the terminal, including check in and the domestic baggage reclaim hall. As always, we planned the shoot meticulously and nothing was left to chance to make sure it didn’t get in the way of the normal operation of the airport."
Stansted Airport has provided a film set to many movies and TV shows in the past including the third instalment of Christopher Nolan's Batman saga The Dark Knight Rises, James Bond: Tomorrow Never Dies, Brigit Jones and the BBC’s hit comedy Come Fly With Me. Also filmed recently was ‘Connection’, a short movie by the Belarus Free Theatre starring Jude Law.
"Travelling through Stansted you could find yourself rubbing shoulders with many famous actors and actresses earning their living filming scenes for a major movie, TV show or advertisement. Directors love the airport because the light is so good and there are lots of different backdrops to film against," added Kim.
Philomena, which is based on the book "The Lost Child of Philomena Lee" by Martin Sixsmith, stars Dame Judi Dench and Steve Coogan who play unlikely friends in a true story of one woman’s search for a lost son. Directed by BAFTA winner Stephen Frears (The Queen), Philomena opens in the UK and Ireland on 1 November 2013.
Photography by Pathe / Photographer Alex Bailey.