East London’s 3 Mills Studios has particular reason to celebrate following yesterday’s announcement that Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie had been chosen to open the 2012 London Film Festival.
Not only was Burton’s hotly anticipated stop-motion animation shot at 3 Mills, but it is the fifth time in the last six years that a film made at the studio has opened or closed the festival.
David Cronenberg’s Eastern Promises, which opened the festival in 2007, Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr Fox, 2009’s opening film, Mark Romanek’s Never Let Me Go, the opening film in 2010 and Terence Davies’ The Deep Blue Sea, chosen as the closing film in 2011, were all shot at 3 Mills.
Derek Watts, studio executive at 3 Mills, said “The London Film Festival is one of the best known and most prestigious film festivals in the world. It is fitting that so many of its opening and closing films in recent years have been made right here in London’s largest Studios. I think it speaks highly of the strength within the British film industry and it is certainly something of which London, and east London in particular, should be very proud.”