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Twickenham Film Studios to close

My Week With Marilyn

Story by Jack Foley

TWICKENHAM Film Studios, one of the UK’s oldest and best-known film studios, has gone into administration and will close one year short of its centenary.

The world-renowned studio, which recently played host to My Week With Marilyn (pictured) and The Iron Lady, will be wound down between now and June, according to the BBC.

The announcement marks a sad end to an historic venue, which has previously seen films such as Sherlock Holmes mystery The Missing Rembrandt and The Beatles films Help and A Hard Day’s Night shot there.

More recently, My Week With Marilyn shot at the venues old viewing theatre and wardrobe department, while Phyllida Lloyd completed post-production on The Iron Lady there.

Steven Spielberg’s War Horse and Horrid Henry: The Movie were also made there.

But speaking to the BBC, Gerald Krasner, who is handling the administration, said that the business had lost money over the past three years and doubted it would continue in its current form, as a film studio.

He said half of the 17 employees have already left, with the remainder working through their notice. All would be paid in full once the venue has been sold on.

The news comes as the UK economy continues to struggle. But it arrives in contrast to recent headlines suggesting the UK film industry was enjoying a period of buoyancy.