Our job is managing filming in Bromley for the benefit of the community and the council.
Filming can help to raise the profile of Bromley to a wide audience and be a source of revenue for the council and local causes. London has a major international film industry which generates revenues of over £4 billion per year and employs most of the approximately 70,000 people working in the UK film industry. Bromley, as a key London borough, aims to be at the forefront of this exciting industry. For more about the UK film industry, see the BFI 2014 Statistical Yearbook.
We think it is important that filmmakers come to an agreement with people in the community before they start filming. They might offer to make donations to local associations of residents or traders, community projects like maintenance of local parks or to local charitable causes. We also encourage filmmakers to offer film opportunities in Bromley such as positions for young people on film sets.
If you are interested in being part of this process, have a look through rest of the information on this page to find out how.
You can help to use local filming to your community's advantage by joining or creating a local resident or trader association. Or your neighbourhood might already run an association you can join. The council has a list of some tenants and residents associations that might be helpful, click here for more information on these. We notify the associations we know of about any filming planned in their area, and we have standing agreements with several of them. If you represent an association like this and would like to be more involved in local filming, please send us an email with the contact and other details of the association.
For major shoots, we encourage filmmakers to engage with known local associations to agree conditions for filming, which can include direct donations to local causes. Film makers behind smaller shoots usually send in advance letters to all nearby buildings, or visit in person to talk through the plans and discuss any issues which need to be addressed.
Our community consultation process is guided by the Code of Practice for Location Filming in London.
From time to time, Bromley Film Office will conduct a comprehensive survey of residents and traders about their experience of filming in their neighbourhoods. This is part of the agreement between FilmFixer and Bromley Council to make sure we are providing a quality service to the community.
If you would like to take part in the survey please send us an email with your name and address.
Residents groups are putting donations from filmmakers to work in all manner of useful ways, from opening internet cafes, opening local play centres, buying street furniture, providing local police with bicycles, plants for community gardens, and even funding free concerts.
Residents associations are heavily involved in discussing plans to film in their neighbourhoods, providing any special terms and conditions to make sure they feel protected and respected by crews.
The Crofton Heath Estate in Orpington has long been a favourite location among advertisers, as the quintessential British suburb. And the quintessential suburbanites who live there provide a brilliant example of a community engaged in the film making process.
Dr Hadley, heads up the residents association on the estate, believes strongly that Londoners should join residents’ groups to ensure they get involved in the benefits of filming as well as reducing possible problems. He says, “We helped develop a set of guidelines that involve communicating adequately with residents.”
He also talks about the benefits donations have made to the estate over the years. “We have put the funds to work on Tugmutton Common, in the children’s play area, and the cricket green and pavilion. We’ve built two benches beside the cricket green. And we repaired another bench by the bus stop.
“We bought Christmas lights for Orpington High Street. And supported the air ambulance – you never know when you’re going to need to get to Kings College Hospital in an emergency.”