Written by Joe Jackson on Oct 8, 2021. Posted in General Interest

Stage Fifty’s Farnborough Film Studios unveil new Hartswood Stage

A stage at Farnborough Film Studios has been named after the pioneering independent television production company Hartswood Films.  Built and operated by Stage Fifty, the Hartswood Stage is one of two 22,000 square foot sound-stages built earlier this year to support the UK’s thriving film and television industry.


“Hartswood has a reputation for championing new filming locations, and we couldn’t have asked for a better production company to be the first to shoot at Farnborough Film Studios,” states James Enright, Stage Fifty’s Chief Executive Officer. “They take pride in developing new talent on both sides of the camera and have actively supported the local community, creating jobs and bringing investment to the area.”



The team at Hartswood Films have produced world-class drama, comedy shows and features for over 40 years. Their most notable work includes: Dracula, Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool, Sherlock, and Roald & Beatrix. “We are truly honoured to have a stage named after our company,” declared Sue Virtue, Executive Producer and Chief Executive of Hartswood Films. “It was exciting (and sometimes daunting) to have been involved from when it was just an open space, but we have had a great time filming here. This is a state-of-the-art sound stage with fabulous locations in the surrounding areas. We have also had the opportunity to involve quite a few local residents in a ScreenSkills First Break work experience programme which was very exciting for both sides, I believe.”



As the latest Hartswood Films project – Inside Man – nears completion, members of the crew came together to applaud the unveiling of the studio’s new name plaque. The company’s CEO was joined in celebration by sister Debbie, the production company’s Director of Operations, as well as husband Steven Moffat, the BAFTA and Emmy award-winner who created and wrote Inside Man. The new Hartswood Films four-part thriller for BBC One and Netflix follows a prisoner on death row in America, a vicar in a small English town, and a maths teacher trapped in a cellar. The programme stars David Tennant, Dolly Wells and Lydia West, with Stanley Tucci in the title role.


Images courtesy Hartswood Films and BBC One

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