Sad indeed the old Baron of St. Margarets, namely Twickenham Film Studios was recently put into administration by its owners and is now under threat by the possibility of property developers turning the area into offices and flats. The historic Studio complex, which houses amongst its’ many services, one of the very few Dolby Premiere sound dubbing Studios in the country, has been at the forefront of the British film industry for 99 years producing films such as The Iron Lady, War Horse and The Italian Job.
I loved having meetings there over the years and with the famous Turks Head where "A Hard Days Night" was filmed, just around the corner - what a delight. One of many memories I have from the studios, would be having my first meeting with Ridley Scott which started with the merits of cigar smoking before discussing "Someone to Watch Over Me", the job in hand.
A recent petition, which I was made aware of by Peter Joly (ex MD of Aquarium Studios, Goldcrest Post Production Facilities and De Lane Lea) has been set up to help stop these developers. Twickenham Studios is unique and must be allowed to continue as a crucial part of our industry – one which we are constantly being told by the government is vital to attract investment to and provide employment opportunities in this country. Indeed the government, having recently blocked any further development at Pinewood, would be ill advised to allow another key part of what remains a relatively fragile industry to disappear to unnecessary development.
Already, there is a groundswell of opposition forming to the potential destruction of this historic site, both within the Film, Television and creative community, and amongst the local St. Margarets community itself.
You can help the cause by signing the petition - http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/save-twickenham-film-studios/, forwarding to as many concerned people as possible and writing to your MP to let him or her know how important you find this issue. Please spread the word and we can save the Studio and allow it to celebrate its centenary later this year as an essential part of our industry’s infrastructure!