From Hell to Neverland for Depp

Story by Jack Foley


HOLLYWOOD star Johnny Depp has exchanged the crime-ridden streets of Jack the Ripper's East End for the picturesque setting of Richmond Green for his latest movie, Neverland.

The ever-youthful star was in the leafy London borough - home to the likes of Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall - during the week of June 24-28, 2002, filming scenes from the movie, which is based on the life of Peter Pan creator, JM Barrie.

Dressed in period costume and often seen clutching a plastic duck, the star appeared to be in good spirits throughout the week, despite a gruelling film schedule, which included some 2am finishes. He was regularly seen laughing with fellow crew members, chatting to the odd passer-by, or signing autographs for some of the younger members of his fanclub. Needless to say, the female gathering around The Green showed a noticeable increase from the usual batch of sun-seekers.

Sections of The Green were temporarily cordoned off while filming took place using both the interior and exterior of Oak House and the Old Palace Terrace (which were also the setting for last year's BAFTA-winning Iris), while Depp was ferried to and from the set in a sleak silver Mercedes.

The movie is set at the turn of the century and focuses on a brief period in the life of Peter Pan creator Barrie, as the successful author is struggling to find inspiration after another of his plays fails. A chance meeting with the Llewlyn-Davies family provides the key to unclocking an imagination which had deserted him. According to Neverland Films Ltd, based at Shepperton Film Studios, the film is a fictional tale.

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