Channel 4 TV is dropping circulars through the letter boxes of homes in pricey areas of Penarth asking whether householders would be interested in letting them use their houses as film locations.
So many different tv series and movies are being shot on location in Penarth these days, it’s getting tough for producers to find properties which haven’t already appeared on the screen.
That’s the problem faced by the team which is about to make a new Channel 4 TV series called “Born to Kill” – to be shot in Cardiff and in picturesque Penarth.
Born to Kill is described as “a haunting exploration of the mind of a teenage boy trying to suppress psychopathic desires whilst falling in love for the first time.” and is being made by the team which produced the highly successful “Line of Duty” police series.
The production’s location manager Iestyn Hampson-Jones has now gone to the lengths of leafleting specific areas of Penarth to ask householders if they’d be willing to let the tv cameras into their homes.
He says “We are currently looking for house owners that would be interested in letting us film at their property. We hope to leave a positive impression of television production in Cardiff and would like your help to make this series a successful one!”
Filming on Born to Kill is due to start in mid-November and interested homeowners can contact Iestyn on firstname.lastname@example.org
For Penarth householders, there’s usually a fee negotiated to compensate for the disruption caused and sometimes a bit of complimentary redecoration afterwards.
For example, a police drama Talking to the Dead – shot for Sky TV in a house in St Augustine’s, Penarth – required all the rooms being used in the production to be “distressed” deliberately to make it look shabby. All the householder’s immaculate modern furniture was moved out and put in store whilst set decorators replaced it with carefully-chosen downmarket “used” furniture.
This particular police-drama also involved a fictional prostitute meeting an untimely end in the house with her “blood” being spattered on the walls. The film-makers decided part of the interior had to be repainted in blue – so that the “blood would show-up better”.
Needless to say Sky paid to restore the house afterwards to its normal, pin-in-paper appearance.