On Sunday, from just after lunch until just after midnight, almost the whole team were back together. But this time it wasn’t in a curry-house in lovely Leicester. We were holed-up in a rather swish suite at The Savoy. Slumming it again.
We were picking-up two keys scenes to develop the relationship between Shalini (Amara Karan) and Mark (Tom Mison). Both are busy actors: Amara has just started rehearsing with the RSC and Tom is on stage eight-shows-a-week in the West End hit, Posh.
So, Sunday and part of Monday was our only opportunity to get this done and everyone responded, as always, with wit, enthusiasm and focus.
And why a suite at The Savoy? Well, the staff and the view are two great reasons. Even as a sweaty film crew we were treated like treasured guests; Julia Harris, the director of Entertainment Sales really couldn’t do enough to help. And what a vista: Big Ben, The Wheel and the Thames. All from angles that we rarely see. It says, “We’re getting married” in a very short shorthand.
Even though we were outside on a lovely day on Monday it was much more of a challenge. Tabard Gardens is a small urban green-space surrounded by redbrick blocks of flats. Perfect as a Leicester backdrop. But, well, noisy. The locals were very accommodating; turning down their music and swerving the set. But something was up in the skies over London, with helicopters buzzing us throughout the shoot. We must have counted fifty fly-pasts.
But when you have a actors and crew who know, like and respect each other, under a director who’s clearly enjoying himself then things start to come together quickly.
We shot-out the scenes, said thank-you to our stars and headed into London for some restaurant establishers and general views of this beautiful capital on a fabulous evening, blessed with spectacular cloudscapes.
And, because Amit’s working with the best young editor in the world, Eddie Hamilton, the scenes dropped right in as if they’d always been there.
Next stop: distributor screenings.