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So, we finally got a white Christmas

Film crews bring snow to Primrose Hill

30 January, 2020 — By Tom Foot

A BLIZZARD of snow was cast over Primrose Hill as film crews transformed the high street into a winter wonderland.

The five-hour movie shoot in Regent’s Park Road on Tuesday was to recreate just a few minutes of footage for a new feature film called A Boy Called Christmas starring screen icon Dame Maggie Smith.

Parking restrictions were in force until midnight and a single decker bus to “North Finchley” was brought into the set, not normally a bus route.

Shops and restaurants were decked out in festive lights and baubles as Christmas trees lined the streets.

Location manager Harriet Lawrence said: “What is going to happen is that bus is going to come forward, a character called aunt Ruth is going to get off it and walk around the corner – and that is it.”

Ms Lawrence, who has managed locations on major films including Suffragette and The Death of Stalin, said: “It is quite an imposition, but it is only one night. We are giving a significant donation to the Primrose Hill Community Association and the library.”

She added: “Tonight is about trying to just help people understand that we are trying to create some magic and people have very kindly welcomed us to the area.”

She added: “Lack of parking, noise, light pollution – us being here. That’s generally what people complain about. “But we have been here for the best part of two weeks and hopefully by building those relationships and spending time getting to know people we can be slightly more welcoming, and help them see the bigger picture.”

Former councillor Jonny Bucknell

The film is a story of a Christmas adventure involving a young boy named Nikolas (Henry Lawfull) and features elves, kidnapping and snow. It is based on a popular children’s book by author Matt Haig.

Large crowds gathered to watch the film crews rig up the set around 7pm including Jonny Bucknell. In 2018 the former councillor had to take down the Christmas lights he rigged up in the area after the council complained about the wiring.

He said: “I think it looks fantastic – it’s actually given me some ideas for how Primrose Hill should look at Christmas.”


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