Written by Tom Deehan on Jan 26, 2017. Posted in On Location / Production News

Denial invokes historical accuracy by filming in Red Lion Square, London

Mick Jackson’s cinematic depiction of the historic Irving v Penguin Book Ltd trial was partially filmed in the same offices at Summit House, London where the Mishcon de Reya law firm was based.

The case saw Holocaust denier, David Irving unsuccessfully sue Holocaust historian Deborah E. Lipstadt over libel. The event set a precedent for academics and how to combat Holocaust denial.

Describing Denial’s sense of realism, Attorney James Libson explains: “attending the shoot and watching (Jack) Lowden play me in our offices, re-created, with incredible accuracy, to their 1998 state, was a time-travel moment. It was strange in a way I did not expect. It was like a false memory. I was watching something I knew to be a fictionalised version of my own life, but the surroundings made it feel like a documentary.”

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Surrey County Hall in Kingston was used for the film’s courtroom scenes, while a number of interior shots were sourced along Bermondsey Street in Southwark. FilmFixer were on hand to offer location support throughout the shoot.

Feature films shot in the UK can receive a 25% tax rebate on the condition that at least 10% of their budget is spent within the country. The incentive has attracted high-budget productions such as Rogue One and Assassin’s Creed.

The production also ventured to Poland, with scenes shot at the Auschwitz concentration camp and in the main market square of Kraków. The Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage recently announced that it would adopt a 25% cash rebate incentive on filming.

As part of an initiative to sell Poland’s locations on the global production market, Film Commission Poland recently invited a group of American Location Managers to tour the country.

Denial will be released January 27th in cinemas nationwide.


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