Bexley film fact box
PUBLISHED: 13:00 29 November 2012
The most famous Thamesmead shoot was an iconic scene in the controversial 1972 flick A Clockwork Orange, where Alex throws Dim and Georgie into Southmere Lake in a surprise attack.
The Southmere Lake/Tavy Bridge area was also used as the setting for 1996 British film Beautiful Thing, which follows the coming-of-age friendship between two teenage boys on a tough council estate.
Peter Sellers’ 1972 movie The Optimist of Nine Elms was another filmed there. Thamesmead is seen as a new and better alternative through the eyes of two young children who live in older dilapidated flats on the other side of the lake.
Parts of this year’s Bel Ami starring Robert Pattinson and Uma Thurman was filmed in the borough.
Television series The Crimson Petal and the White and 2006 film The Deaths of Ian Stone were both shot in the Crossness Engines Trust pumping station at Abbey Wood.
Some filming locations recommended by Film Fixer: Hall Place, Danson House, Old Erith Library, Shenstone Park in Crayford, Lamorbey Park in Sidcup and Erith Pier
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