Twickenham Film Studios, the venerable British studio founded in 1913 and used for the Beatles’s “Hard Day’s Night” and “Help!,” among other classic films, is set to close by June because of financial troubles.
Gerald Krasner, the administrator handling the closing, told The Telegraph that the studio had lost money over the past three years and that all 17 employees would be laid off within the next six months. “It will not be retained as a film studio, because there is no way of making it pay as a film studio,” Mr. Krasner said.
From left, Zoe Wanamaker, Michelle Williams and Dominic Cooper in “My Week With Marilyn.” Some of the film’s scenes were shot at Twickenham Film Studios.Laurence Cendrowicz/Weinstein CompanyFrom left, Zoe Wanamaker, Michelle Williams and Dominic Cooper in “My Week With Marilyn.” Some of the film’s scenes were shot at Twickenham Film Studios.
Built on the site of a former ice rink, Twickenham was the largest studio in Britain at its founding. The first movie filmed there was “The House of Temperley,” a silent film based on a novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Over the years, it was used for such box-office and critical hits as “Alfie,” “Repulsion,” “Blade Runner,” “Reds,” “Superman,” and “A Fish Called Wanda.” Twickenham is also well-represented among the current crop of Oscar-nominated films. “War Horse” was partly filmed there, and it was also used on post-production for “The Iron Lady.” The studio even got its own close-up in “My Week With Marilyn,” which included scenes filmed in its old viewing theater and wardrobe department.
“Working at Twickenham, you felt as if you were truly part of film history,” the production designer Joseph Bennett, who created the sets for Michael Winterbottom’s “Jude” at the studio, told The Telegraph. “It had an extraordinary atmosphere, so much more intimate than some of the larger, more corporate modern studios.”