Shoreditch is a dynamic and vibrant area of London. The local area has been the backdrop to many a film and tv show. We’ve rounded up some of Shoreditch’s appearances on the big and small screen!
Rev (BBC2, 2010-)
Rev is a British TV sitcom about a vicar running a modern inner-city church, and was filmed at St Leonard’s Church, Shoreditch High Street. Produced by Big Talk Productions, it stars Tom Hollander and Olivia Colman. It depicts ‘the daily frustrations and moral conflicts’ of Church of England vicar, Adam Smallbone. He cares for his tiny congregation as best he can, and the British Comedy Guide’s online review describes it as a ‘refreshingly gentle (although not quite family-friendly) sitcom’. A new series is in production for 2014.
St. Leonards is an ancient inner city parish and is often known simply as ‘Shoreditch Church’, found on the intersection of Shoreditch High Street with Hackney Road. It’s mentioned in the nursery rhyme Oranges and Lemons, in the line “When I grow rich, say the bells of Shoreditch”! In Rev, it doubles as the fictional church of St Saviour’s.
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (Film, 2004)
The 2004 cult classic film sequel to ‘Bridget Jones’s Diary’ features Light Bar and Restaurant numerous times. In ‘The Edge of Reason’ we see it as Bridget’s favourite chardonnay-swilling watering hole, as frequented with her close friends. Located at 233 Shoreditch High Street, the Light Restaurant and Bar serves modern British food and is available for hire for location film and photo shoots, meetings, parties, corporate events and functions.
One Day (Film, 2011)
The 2011 release ‘One Day’ featuring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess is based on David Nicholls’ bestselling novel of the same name. A number of scenes in the film were shot in the Shoreditch area, around Hoxton, Shoreditch and Boundary Road – including crucial scenes from towards the end of the film. 11 Boundary boutique posted some filming snaps on Facebook, but don’t look if you haven’t seen the film or read the book yet.
Anne Hathaway, who recently played Catwoman in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, said of her time filming in London, ‘I fell in love with the East End – Shoreditch and Columbia Road. It has such great creative energy. London is a city full of opportunity.’
Shoreditch (Film, 2003)
There’s even a film simply titled “Shoreditch”, starring EastEnders actor Shane Ritchie as the owner of a jazz club in 1930s Shoreditch, intercut with a modern day murder investigation. Unfortunately, it was a bit of a clunker, averaging a measly 3.3/10 on IMDB, with Total Film dubbing it “a gig to avoid”. Oh well!