Guildhall Hits The Silver Screen

Building features in a new movie trialer

An historic Swansea building stars alongside some of the biggest names in British cinema in a new movie trailer.

Cast and crew for 'Their Finest', which is being released in April, spent several weeks filming at the city's iconic Guildhall in the autumn.

Starring Gemma Arterton, Sam Clafin, Bill Nighy and Oscar-winning Jeremy Irons, the movie, set in the early 1940s, tells the story of some filmmakers trying to make a patriotic film about the miracle of Dunkirk to boost British morale during the Blitz.

Arterton, aged 30, also starred in James Bond movie 'Quantum of Solace' alongside Daniel Craig, with Clafin, also 30, known for his role in 'The Hunger Games' franchise.

Based on a 2009 novel by Lissa Evans, 'Their Finest' also stars Richard E. Grant and Helen McCrory.

Swansea Council worked closely alongside the production company behind the movie to ensure that the use of the Guildhall as a film location was as hassle-free as possible.

The council also helped facilitate filming in Glamorgan Street and close to Rhyddings Park Road. 

Cllr Robert Francis-Davies, Cabinet Member for Enterprise, Development and Regeneration, said: "TV and movie filming is very positive news for the city. It raises Swansea's profile, helps attract tourism and offers direct economic benefits because of the large numbers of cast and crew who often stay in local accommodation and spend money in local businesses. This industry also plays an important role in helping to support and develop our creative and cultural economy and strategy.  

"This is why we set up a dedicated one-stop shop a number of years ago to handle filming enquiries, promote Swansea as a film-friendly destination and make the process as seamless as possible for production companies who contact us.  This approach means we're very successful in converting enquiries - particularly when the location being sought isn't necessarily unique and we're in competition with other places.

"Our expertly restored Guildhall is a fantastic location for filming. Stars like Gemma Arterton, Bill Nighy and Sam Clafin followed in the footsteps of other famous actors and actresses to have filmed in the building in recent times, including Elijah Wood."

Parts of Guildhall were transformed into New York City's iconic Chelsea Hotel in 2015 for a movie about Dylan Thomas called 'Set Fire to the Stars'. Former Dr Who stars like David Tennant and Kylie Minogue have also visited Swansea in the past to film scenes for the hit BBC sci-fi programme.

The building was also used as a backdrop for many scenes in 'The Collection' - a TV series on Amazon Prime, set in a post-war Paris fashion house. 

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