From Absolute Beginners to Leo the Last, It Happened Here in Notting Hill West 11 or Hell W10 Kidulthood, Scandal, Performance, Breaking Glass, Bedknobs and Broomsticks.

Compiled by Tom Vague and Ken Macdonald for Portobello Film Festival 2013 Vague 72

**** Hollywood W11/10 classic

*** classic of lesser local significance

** classic of little local significance

* worth a mention

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bednobsBedknobs and Broomsticks **** Robert Stevenson 1971, set in 1940. “There’s only one place to get it”… ‘Portobello Road, Portobello Road, street where the riches of ages are sold… you’ll find what you want in the Porto Bello Road.’ Follow-up to Mary Poppins featuring Disneyland Portobello market, which Angela Lansbury and her evacuee kid charges search for a magic book. This involves a proto-Carnival song and dance routine with Cockney, Scottish, East and West Indian turns, and Bruce Forsyth as a switchblade-wielding spiv.

It Happened Here ** Kevin Brownlow/Andrew Mollo 1963, set in 40s, shot in late 50s/early 60s. Occupied London film with scenes of Nazis in Notting Hill, including local resistance fighting in the beergarden of the Prince of Wales pub on Pottery Lane.

The Lamp Still Burns * Maurice Elvey 1943. Wartime nurse morale-builder, from the novel One Pair of Feet by Monica Dickens, the great-granddaughter of Charles who lived on Chepstow Villas on the corner of Portobello.

Chicago Joe and the Showgirl Bernard Rose 1990, set in 40s. Keifer Sutherland and Emily Lloyd as Bonnie and Clyde in the Blitz, featuring the Portobello black market.

The Ministry of Fear * Fritz Lang 1944. In Graham Greene’s 5th Columnist thriller the key séance scene takes place at ‘Mrs Bellairs’ house’, which he described as ‘old and unrenovated standing among the To Let boards on the slopes of Campden Hill.’

bluelampThe Blue Lamp **** Basil Dearden 1950, shot in 1949. Dirk Bogarde plays a west London rebel without a cause but with a quiff some years before James Dean. After murdering Dixon of Dock Green on Harrow Road, in the climactic car chase Dirk’s delinquent spiv character is pursued along Ladbroke Grove and Lancaster Road to Latimer Road, where his car crashes and he runs across the railway lines to the White City stadium.


Seven Days to Noon * John Boulting/Roy Boulting 1950. An atomic scientist played by Barry Jones, threatening to blow up London unless his work is stopped, is shot outside St John’s church on Ladbroke Grove at the top of the hill.

lavender hillThe Lavender Hill Mob *** Charles Crichton 1951. The other great post-war car chase concludes with all the police radio-cars converging in a pile-up at the junction of Bramley Road and Freston (then Latimer) Road, in front of the Bramley Arms.



The Secret People * Thorold Dickinson 1952. Political assassination drama set in Notting Hill in the 30s, starring Audrey Hepburn.

Turn the Key Softly * Jack Lee 1953. An old woman convict returns to a house on Portland Road, starring Joan Collins and Thora Hird.

 rillington10 Rillington Place **** Richard Fleischer 1971, set in early 50s. From Ludovic Kennedy’s book of the case of Notting Hill’s most notorious address, where John Christie murdered several women and hid their bodies. The first floor tenant Timothy Evans was executed for the murder of his daughter and wife 3 years before Christie. The Ludovic Kennedy book contributed to Evans receiving a posthumous pardon but didn’t entirely clear him. Fleischer’s follow-up to The Boston Strangler, starring Richard Attenborough and John Hurt as Christie and Evans, features the street and the interior of another house in the row. Christie reputedly worked as a projectionist at the Electric cinema but probably didn’t.

absoluteAbsolute Beginners **** Julien Temple 1986, set in 1958. Musical adaptation of the Colin MacInnes novel featuring the 1958 race riots; starring Ray Davies (of the Kinks) and Mandy Rice-Davies (of the Profumo affair) as the parents of the Absolute Beginner, Eddie O’Connell, Patsy Kensit, David Bowie as the ad executive, and Gary Beadle as Michael de Freitas, on his way to becoming Michael X as he organised the black resistance. This involved turning Totobag’s Café on Blenheim Crescent into a fortress, from which white rioters were repelled, dramatised here as MacInnes intended it to be as a West Side Story dance sequence.


sapphireSapphire *** Basil Dearden 1959. The follow-up to The Blue Lamp examines racial prejudice during a police investigation into the murder of a light-skinned West Indian girl. The black suspect escapes the law from a club in Shepherd’s Bush, only to run into Notting Dale. There he’s beaten up by Teds and saved by a grocer woman locking him in her shop until police arrive (re-enacting a real riot incident also incorporated into Absolute Beginners).


Peeping Tom * Michael Powell 1960. Karl Bohm plays another local photographer-turned-serial killer in Michael Powell’s Holland Park house.

Raising the Wind Gerald Thomas 1961. A virtual Carry On film set at a musical academy on Royal Crescent.

scandalScandal **** Michael Caton-Jones 1989, et in early 60s. ‘Christine’s fallen out with Lucky, Johnny’s got a gun, Please Please Me’s number one.’ As put into song by Dusty Springfield and the Pet Shop Boys, 50 years ago the Profumo affair political sex scandal rocked the nation with accompanying Rachman slum housing revelations. On the 25th anniversary of the affair, Joanne Whalley re-enacts when Christine Keeler met Lucky Gordon at Frank Crichlow’s El Rio cafe at 127 Westbourne Park Road.


lshapedroomThe L-Shaped Room ** Bryan Forbes 1962. The seedy exoticism of the Rachman slums was captured at the time in the film of Lynne Reid-Banks’ kitchen-sink melodrama, starring Leslie Caron as a pregnant French girl, sharing a house with ‘a maladjusted negro’ jazz musician, a lesbian actress, prostitutes and an unpublished writer. The L-Shaped Room house was thought to be 4 St Luke’s Road, but according to Simon James’s London Film Locations Guide it’s east along Talbot Road. The pub is the old Tavistock Hotel on Tavistock Crescent.


w11West Eleven ** Michael Winner 1963. The year of the Profumo affair, The Furnished Room novel by longstanding Portobello market trader Laura del Rivo was adapted by Winner as the film West Eleven, partly set on Colville Terrace. Alfred Lynch stars as the archetypal local anti-hero who is offered £10,000 to commit a murder. Halliwell called it a ‘dingy but not very convincing realist melodrama, with jazzy style which induces weariness.’


harddaysnightA Hard Day’s Night ** Richard Lester 1964. Ringo Starr appears on All Saints Road, running from screaming girls round the north-east corner of Lancaster Road into a secondhand shop. Ringo’s ‘parading’ sequence concludes in Notting Dale, with all the Beatles running in and out of the police station (the old St John’s church school hall) on Walmer Road, and along Heathfield Street.



Goldfinger Guy Hamilton 1964. Ian Fleming named the James Bond film, with accompanying Shirley Bassey song, after his Hampstead neighbour Erno Goldfinger, the future architect of Trellick Tower.

Funeral in Berlin Guy Hamilton 1966. In Len Deighton’s spy novel The Berlin Memorandum Harry Palmer is on Portobello in Henekey’s (the Earl of Lonsdale), but unfortunately not in the film version Funeral in Berlin, starring Michael Caine.

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold Martin Ritt 1965. Richard Burton is on Westbourne Grove in the cold war thriller, posing as a defector in Operation Rolling Stone.

The Nanny ** Seth Holt 1965. Bette Davis was filmed along Latimer Road in 1964 before the area was demolished to make way for the Westway roundabout. Hammer horror in which ‘a 10 year old boy hates his nanny and with good reason for she is a neurotic murderess.’

The Knack and How to Get It ** Richard Lester 1965. The Absolute Beginners Southam Street photographs of Roger Mayne inspired a play by his wife Ann Jellicoe. This in turn became Richard Lester’s follow-up to A Hard Day’s Night, the swinging 60s classic The Knack. Michael Crawford stars as a Holland Park School teacher/landlord, renting rooms in his house on Pottery Lane to Ray Brooks and Donal Donnelly. Then Rita Tushingham appears from up north and a silly bedstead chase sequence ensues around the area.

quadropheniaQuadrophenia ** Franc Roddam 1979. Set in mid 60s The mod revival film of the Who’s ‘Quadrophenia’ album features several Freston Road scenes. The mod’s scooter breaks down and the rockers give him a kicking on The Lavender Hill Mob crash site.



Alfie * Lewis Gilbert 1966. Michael Caine speaks to the camera at Notting Hill Gate, outside Shelley Winters’ flat in Campden Hill Towers. His bed-sit is on the corner of St Stephen’s Gardens and Chepstow Road in the former Rachman slum area.

blowupBlow Up ** Michelangelo Antonioni 1966. In the definitive Swinging London film David Hemmings, as David Bailey/Terence Donovan, uses Johnny Cowan’s studio on Prince’s Place to photograph Vanessa Redgrave, Verushka and co. The exterior is 77 Pottery Lane by the Earl of Zetland pub. The premiere at the Coronet (then the Gaumont) is in Stoned.


Georgy Girl * Silvio Narizzano 1966. Charlotte Rampling gives birth at St Charles Hospital.

Jemima and Johnny * Lionel Ngakane 1966. The adventures of a young black girl and a white boy in Notting Hill, concluding with their rescue from a derelict house by Johnny’s formerly racist father.

Morgan A Suitable Case for Treatment * Karel Reisz 1966. The 60s carry on swinging with David Warner as an artist, prone to dressing up in a gorilla costume, embroiled in a marital farce with Vanessa Redgrave again, filmed in and around Campden Hill Square. The scene at Karl Marx’s tomb in Highgate cemetery was shot at Kensal Green with a plastercast Marx.

Bedazzled * Stanley Donen 1967. Pete Cook and Dudley Moore appear on Southam Street, shortly before Trellick Tower. Dudley: “Where are we? Is this hell?” Pete: “Just my London headquarters.” Bedazzled was re-made in 2000 with Liz Hurley in the Pete Cook devil role.

Tonite Let’s All Make Love in London Peter Whitehead 1967. Summer of love documentary film featuring a hippy Portobello antiques market scene.

Hippie Hippie Shake Beeban Kidron, yet to be released. The Oz magazine story from the memoirs of Richard Neville, starring Sienna Miller (as his girlfriend Louise Ferrier), filmed along Portobello in 2007, featuring the First Floor bar converted back to a 60s pub, and All Saints Road as King’s Road.

Mr Nice Bernard Rose 2010. Howard Marks’ counter-culture career begins on Portobello.

Corruption Robert Hartford Davis 1967. Peter Cushing and Sue Lloyd appear in Holland Park Mews.

Poor Cow * Ken Loach 1967. Social realist take on 60s London featuring Notting Hill street scene.

The Sorcerers Michael Reeves 1967. Boris Karloff on Norland Road.

Interlude Kevin Billington 1968. Oskar Werner follows Barbara Ferris home in Holland Park.

otleyOtley ** Dick Clement 1968. Tom Courtenay stars as the antiques market trader Otley, who gets caught up in a spy caper which takes him around the area. In the opening continuous long shot, he walks down Portobello by Henekey’s (the Earl of Lonsdale) on Westbourne Grove. He is evicted from his bed-sit above the Trad shop at 67 Portobello Road, and ends up being held at gunpoint by Leonard Rossiter in Notting Hill Gate station.


performancePerformance ***** Donald Cammell/Nic Roeg 1970, shot in 1968. The classic Notting Hill film, defining both Heaven W11 and Notting Hell, starring the most notorious local film address, apart from 10 Rillington Place, 81 (really 25) Powis Square. As Mick Jagger sells his soul to satin as the rock star landlord Turner, his gangster alter-ego Chas, played by James Fox, arrives on Colville Terrace to Ry Cooder’s ‘Powis Square’ Wild West 11 cajun-blues theme (which went on to Paris Texas). After Chas enters Turner’s house it’s no longer 25 Powis Square but 15 Lowndes Square in Knightsbridge.

Secret Ceremony Joseph Losey 1968. Liz Taylor stars as a prostitute adopted by Mia Farrow on Addison Road.

Subterfuge Peter Graham Scott 1968. Another 60s spy movie, featuring Joan Collins as a gym mistress at Holland Park School.

The File of the Golden Goose Sam Wanamaker 1969. Yet another, in which Yul Brynner follows Charles Gray from the antiques shop on the corner of Portobello and Westbourne Grove to Kensington Park Road.

The Italian Job * Peter Collinson 1969. In the most famous Hollywood W11 scene, Michael Caine appears round the back of Alice’s antiques shop in the Denbigh Close mews.

leothelastLeo the Last *** John Boorman 1970, shot in 1969. Marcello Mastroianni (from La Dolce Vita) stars as Leo, an alienated aristocrat who brings about a ‘firework revolution’, in which his façade house across Testerton Street (on the site of the Lancaster West Estate) is destroyed. Brinsley Forde of Aswad is the lead black kid Bip. The pub is the Bramley Arms.


Crossplot Alvin Rakoff 1969. Roger Moore is in Holland Park Mews in another spy film.

Laughter in the Dark Tony Richardson 1969. Vladimir Nabokov novel adaptation starring Anna Karina in Holland Park.

withnailWithnail and I ** Bruce Robinson 1987, set in 1969. Richard E Grant and Paul McGann as Withnail and I are chased out of the old Tavistock Hotel pub on Tavistock Crescent, towards the footbridge under the Westway and Trellick Tower. The pub was subsequently named the Mother Black Cap in reality after its role in the film. Their house is off Freston Road.


Getting it Straight in Notting Hill Gate *** Joe Gannon 1970. Legendary short film of the hippy scene by the Pink Floyd and Quintessence lighting whiz kid featuring the latter, the Mangrove restaurant on All Saints Road and Caroline Coon of Release.

Every Home Should Have One Jim Clark 1970. Marty Feldman appears in Holland Park.

Duffer * Joseph Despins/William Dumaresq 1971. Proto-Eraserhead 70s Notting Hill S&M oddity.

Ooh You Are Awful Cliff Owen 1972. Dick Emery and Pat Coombs live at 9 Stanley Crescent.

Mas in the Ghetto Anthony Perry 1973. The first modern Notting Hill Carnival film.

Dracula AD 1972 Alan Gibson 1972. Christopher Neame lives at 75 Hillgate Place.

The Satanic Rites of Dracula * Alan Gibson 1973. Another Hammer horror, known in the States as Dracula is Alive and Well and Living In London, featuring a property speculator vampire and actual hells angel Satanic bikers kidnapping a girl on Bard Road off Freston Road.

Theatre of Blood Douglas Hickox 1973. Milo O’Shea and Eric Sykes pursue a drunk in a taxi under the Westway roundabout.

Steptoe and Son * Cliff Owen 1972  and Steptoe and Son Ride Again * Peter Sykes 1973. Oil Drum Lane is on Adela Street off Kensal Road. Harold gets married at St John’s church and visits the Edward Woods estate. Modelled on the Arnolds Notting Dale rag and bone men who frequented the Freston Road scrapyard (in Quadrophenia, Sweeney, Minder, etc). In the 50s there was an antiques dealer called George Steptoe at 84 Portobello Road.

A Bigger Splash * Jack Hazan/David Mingay 1973. David Hockney docu-drama film, partly set in his studio flat on Powis Terrace, with diversions to Celia Birtwell’s on Arundel Gardens, around the Elgin on Ladbroke Grove, and along Latimer Road.

The Tamarind Seed * Blake Edwards 1974. Another spy movie starring Julie Andrews and Omar Sharif, with a scene in Barnett’s toyshop on the corner of Elgin Crescent and Kensington Park Road.

Hennessy * Don Sharp 1975. Rod Steiger is on St John’s Gardens and visits Lee Remick’s shop at 96 Portland Road.

The Passenger * Michelangelo Antonioni 1975. Jack Nicholson is on Lansdowne Crescent, where Jimi Hendrix died in 1970.

pressurePressure *** Horace Ove 1975. Ove joined forces with The Lonely Londoners author Sam Selvon to make the major 70s Notting Hill film, focusing on the second generation black British identity crisis; featuring a ‘Blood and Fire’ reggae soundtrack, the Caribbean store at 194 Kensington Park Road, Ram John Holder and Norman Beaton.


The Moon Over the Alley ** Joseph Despins/William Dumaresq 1975. Gritty cult mid 70s Notting Hell film featuring Electric alley rape scene.

Tommy * Ken Russell 1975. Roger Daltrey, Keith Moon, Oliver Reed and Tina Turner appear in the musical adaptation of the Who’s rock opera, filmed at Lee International Studios on Kensal Road.

squeezeThe Squeeze *** Michael Apted 1977. Stacy Keach and Freddie Starr search the area for a kidnapped girl, on an extended pub crawl featuring the Apollo on All Saints Road, the Bevington Arms, the Bramley Arms on Freston Road – outside of which the shoot-out finalé takes place – and the early stages of the Carnival.


The Big Sleep Michael Winner 1977. Robert Mitchum meets Sarah Miles in Holland Park.

Sweeney David Wickes 1977. John Thaw appears in Holland Park in the first film version based on the Profumo affair. The series features various local scenes.

Carry On Emmanuelle Gerald Thomas 1978. The Arab and French embassies are on Addison Road.

Don Letts’ Punk Rock Movie 1978. A revealing look into the bands from the 1978 London punk-rock scene.

DOA Lech Kowalski 1981. The Westway, Trellick Tower and the surrounding urban wasteland provide the backdrop to punk London.

The Great Rock’n’Roll Swindle Julien Temple 1980. Performance homage Sex Pistols docu-drama that founded Virgin Films in Vernon Yard and Portobello Dock.

sidandnancySid and Nancy * Alex Cox 1986, set in late 70s. Gary Oldman as Sid headbutts the wall of what would become the Heart FM radio station on Freston Road. The pub scenes in the Bramley Arms recreate punk events in Henekey’s (the Earl of Lonsdale) on Portobello.



The Golden Lady Jose Ramon Larraz 1979. Christina World and June Chadwick appear under the Westway roundabout.

Radio On Chris Petit 1979. Wim Wenders produced road movie featuring a Ballardian view from the Westway and ‘Free Astrid Proll’ graffiti on Harrow Road.

Rude Boy Jack Hazan/David Mingay 1980. Clash docu-drama by the David Hockney filmmakers.

Babylon Franco Rosso 1980. Aswad’s Brinsley Forde stars in a sound-system clash with Thatcher’s Britain, to a soundtrack of Aswad’s ‘Warrior Charge’.

breakingglassBreaking Glass * Brian Gibson 1980. Dodi Fayed produced film starring Hazel O’Connor as a troubled pop icon, with a scene where skinheads attack a Rock Against 1984 march under the Westway roundabout. The pub is the Trafalgar Apocalypse Hotel on Freston Road.



Silver Dream Racer * David Wickes 1980. Rock On. David Essex goes down the Westway on his Silver Dream Racer bike, from Ladbroke Grove garageland to Thruxton, with his West Indian mechanic mate Tizer.

The Final Conflict * Graham Baker 1981. The Omen 3 film features the most notorious Hollywood W11 horror scene, in which the pram goes down St John’s Hill (St John’s Gardens) and is hit by a taxi on Lansdowne Road.

The French Lieutenant’s Woman 1981. Jeremy Irons’ house is 2 St James’s Gardens.

Time Bandits Terry Gilliam 1981. The Time Bandits leader David Rappaport was the minister for foreign affairs of the squatted Republic of Frestonia.

Betrayal David Jones 1982. Harold Pinter adaptation in which Jeremy Irons meets Patricia Hodge in the Bramley Arms.

Hell W10 ** Joe Strummer 1983. The Clash gangster home-movie featuring scenes outside the Electric and on the Acklam footbridge. The Clash also appeared in Martin Scorsese’s King of Comedy, and Joe is in Straight to Hell, Mystery Train and Walker. Mick Jones went on to form BAD and recorded ‘E=MC²’ as a homage to Nic Roeg’s ‘insanity bohemian style’ in Performance.

Runners Charles Sturridge 1983. James Fox returns to Powis Square.

Brazil Terry Gilliam 1985. The facelift scene is in the Leighton House Arab Hall.

Plenty Fred Schepisi 1985. Meryl Streep and Charles Dance are in Holland Park.

National Lampoon’s European Vacation Amy Heckerling 1985. Chevy Chase has a wrong side of the road car-trouble scene on Addison Avenue by St James’s Church.

Half Moon Street * Bob Swain 1986. Sigourney Weaver plays an 80s Christine Keeler saying “I want a riot of my own.”

Sammy and Rosie Get Laid * Stephen Frears 1987. Hanif Kureishi’s 80s state of the nation address starring Roland Gift (of the Fine Young Cannibals, who went on to play Johnny Edgecombe in Scandal); featuring a hippy travellers camp by the Westbourne Park curve of the Westway, an obligatory riot scene and hippies abseiling from the Westway.

American Roulette Maurice Hatton 1988. Andy Garcia appears in Notting Dale, at Latimer Road station, St Francis of Assisi church on Pottery Lane, and Julie’s bar.

A Fish Called Wanda Charles Crichton 1988. Michael Palin appears in Rasta disguise in Kensal Green Cemetery.

Madame Sousatzka John Schlesinger 1988. Shirley MacLaine plays a piano teacher on Stanley Crescent.

For Queen and Country Martin Stellman 1988. Denzel Washington is in Kensal under Trellick Tower watching a game of football.

I Hired a Contract Killer * Aki Kaurismaki 1990. Jean-Pierre Leaud meets Margi Clarke in the Warwick Castle pub at 225 Portobello Road (now just the Castle), also featured in JB’s Portobello Pirate TV. Joe Strummer appears again as a pub entertainer.

londonkillsmeLondon Kills Me * Hanif Kureishi 199.1 The Notting Hill acid-house film features scenes in the market, under the Westway, in Portfolio on Golborne (also in Notting Hill), and the First Floor bar. The Chepstow Villas acid-house squat was a former property of the Tory MP Michael Heseltine, between residences of Mark Knopfler and Jason Donovan. After Kureishi re-enacted the story of the late 80s local ravers, the house was really squatted and has since been occupied by Salman Rushdie. Kureishi returned to Golborne in Buddha of Suburbia.

Robin Hood Prince of Thieves Kevin Reynolds 1991. Michael Kamen, Bryan Adams and Mutt Lange co-wrote ‘Everything I Do, I Do It For You’ in Notting Hill.

The Punk and the Princess * Mike Sarne 1993. Punk/Ted Romeo and Juliet affair set in 90s Notting Hill, adapted from The Punk pulp novel by Gideon Sams.

Jack and Sarah * Tim Sullivan 1995. Richard E Grant makes further local appearance on St James’s Gardens, at the Westbourne Park Road/Powis Terrace cornershop offy (also in The Squeeze), and Barclay’s Bank on the corner of Ladbroke Grove and Lancaster Road.

Crash David Cronenberg 1996. The Westway features in the JG Ballard book.

Crimetime * George Sluizer 1996. Britpop serial killer movie featuring Stephen Baldwin and Sadie Frost sex scene in the Electric cinema alley.

The Man Who Knew Too Little * Jon Amiel 1997. Bill Murray appears in St Luke’s Mews and Golborne.

The Saint Phillip Noyce 1997. Val Kilmer is at the Halcyon Hotel on Holland Park Avenue.

Spiceworld the Movie Bob Spiers 1997. St Peter’s Church on Kensington Park Road makes an appearance.

Bedrooms and Hallways Rose Troche 1998. Jennifer Ehle and James Purefoy run Coins Café at 105/7 Talbot Road, on the site of Fullerton’s blues club (currently Raoul’s).

Martha Meet Frank, Daniel and Laurence Nick Hamm 1998. More local romantic comedy in which Rufus Sewell and Joseph Fiennes go to Mike’s Café on Blenheim Crescent.

Parting Shots Michael Winner 1998. Chris Rea is at Latimer Road station on Bramley Road.

Sliding Doors * Peter Howitt 1998. The Gwyneth Paltrow rom-com theme, ‘Have Fun, Go Mad’ by Blair, contains the line ‘You know Wez said sell from just around the corner of the Portobello Road.’ Gwyneth Paltrow appears at the former Mangrove restaurant on All Saints Road (then Mas Café).

Twice Upon a Yesterday Maria Ripoli 1998. Time travel rom-com in which Douglas Henshall meets Lena Headey on the corner of All Saints and St Luke’s Mews. Respect Oz Hutchins 1998 Local low-budget version starring Eon John of Honey Child.

nottinghillNotting Hill * Roger Michell 1999. The Westbourne Park Road blue door house was previously occupied by the Transvision Vamp drummer and squatters. The Travel Bookshop on Blenheim Crescent (now the Notting Hill Bookshop) was recreated in 1998 at 142 Portobello Road. Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts climb into Rosmead Gardens.


The Lost Son Chris Menges 1999. Daniel Auteuil plays football at the Westway Sports Centre on Crowthorne Road.

Mad Cows Sara Sugarman 1999. Joanna Lumley posts Anna Friel’s letter on St Luke’s Road.

Saving Grace Nigel Cole 1999. Brenda Blethyn visits the Portobello Market Bar.

Virtual Sexuality Nick Hurran 1999. Laura Fraser is in the Tavistock Crescent Withnail and I pub, outside the Electric on Portobello and on the Golborne bridge.

Intimacy Patrice Chereau 2000 Mark Rylance meets Timothy Spall in the Earl of Derby pub in Kensal.

Rancid Aluminium Ed Thomas 2000. Rhys Ifans and Joseph Fiennes walk down Portobello to Colville Terrace.

Sexy Beast Jonathan Glazer 2000. Performance homage in which Ray Winstone ends up under the Westway at Paddington and James Fox gets shot at the end.

Sorted Alex Jovy 2000. Sienna Guillory lives in St Luke’s Mews.

mikebassettMike Bassett England Manager ** John Smith 2001. The pub crowd scene as Ricky Tomlinson recites Kipling’s ‘If’ poem was filmed in the back bar of the Elgin on Ladbroke Grove.



Revelation Stuart Urban 2001. Holy Grail conspiracy thriller featuring Trellick Tower and Heathcote Williams of local hippy previous and recent Royal Babylon film.

Bridget Jones’s Diary Sharon Maguire 2001. Originally largely set at 192, the Kensington Park Road bar-restaurant much resorted to by Bridget Jones and her creator Helen Fielding.

Bend It Like Beckham Gurinder Chadha 2002. The Norland Road temple is the wedding venue and Shaznay Lewis of All Saints is the team captain.

Lava Joe Tucker 2002. Lads yardie coke deal revenge comedy set during the Carnival.

Silent Cry Julian Richards 2002. Trellick Tower reappears in the abduction thriller starring Emily Woof.

Three Blind Mice Mathias Ledoux 2003. Chiwetel Ejiofor visits Emilia Fox on St Luke’s Road at the Tavistock Crescent junction by the Withnail and I pub (demolished in 2011).

loveactuallyLove Actually * Richard Curtis 2003. Andrew Lincoln expresses his love for Kiera Knightley in St Luke’s Mews, and Kris Marshall appears on Golborne Road.



If Only Gil Junger 2004. Jennifer Love Hewitt and Paul Nicholls live on the corner of Kensington Park Road and Westbourne Grove.

Suzie Gold Ric Cantor 2004. Summer Phoenix and Lee Gregory leave the Electric cinema on Portobello.

Match Point * Woody Allen 2005. Scarlet Johansson works in a Ledbury Road boutique and goes to Julie’s Bar on Portland Road with Jonathan Rhys Meyers.

scoopScoop * Woody Allen 2006. Originally known as the ‘WASP’ Woody Allen’s summer project, serial killer rom-com featuring Scarlet Johansson and Woody on Golborne Road in 2005, at the time of the arrests of the local failed suicide-bombers, and Woody driving on the Westway.



kidulthoodKidulthood ** Menhaj Huda 2006. Great Western Trainspotting portrayal of Notting Hell W10 gritty urban underbelly/ground/world, starring and written by Noel Clarke, the local Dr Who assistant. A day in the life of disaffected west London youth featuring suicide, teenage pregnancy, drugs, baseball bat, knife and gun crime, on or around Ladbroke Grove.


The Future is Unwritten * Julien Temple 2007. Joe Strummer tribute featuring campfire interviews filmed by the Absolute Beginners director by the Westway roundabout in Stable Way.

Extraordinary Rendition Jim Threapleton 2007. Trellick Tower appears again in the abduction sequence.

adulthoodAdulthood ** Noel Clarke 2008. Self explanatory follow-up to Kidulthood, filmed on Portobello at the Tavistock Road square, Ladbroke Grove at Dub Vendor, Lancaster West estate and St Charles Square. Noel Clarke reappears in front of Trellick Tower on the poster.



The Bank Job * Roger Donaldson 2008. The local anti-hero Michael X and the Princess Margaret sex photos affair.

Grove Roots 2008.  Documentary tracing the evolution of Ladbroke Grove from the 1958 race riots to the present day.

Carnival Don Letts 2009. Grammy Award winner Don Letts tells the incredible story of Europe’s biggest street party – the Notting Hill Carnival.

58 Riot Tour Tony Auguste 2009. Local history documentary films.

anuvahoodAnuvahood * Adam Deacon 2011. Kidulthood 3 urban comedy starring and directed by Adam Deacon.




Babylondon Julien Temple 2012. Cultural Olympiad film from the Apollo Studios on All Saints Road featuring the Rotten Hill Gang.

Royal Babylon Heathcote Williams 2012. Michael X tribute premiered at the Portobello Pop-Up Cinema.