It’s always nice to give something back when you’ve got a warehouse full of toys. So when a big film is released that was actually shot partly in your local pub, and you’re asked to help out with the film screening, it’s a no brainer!
The film Legend, staring Tom Hardy as both Kray twins, Ronnie and Reggie, is a dramatisation of the life of the infamous brothers in London’s East End during the 1960s.
The pub, The Ivy House, in Nunhead, South East London, is the capital’s first co-operatively owned pub. The Grade 11 listed building was chosen to be the set for scenes based in Ronnie and Reggie’s club. There are some great shots showing each of the three bars with their original wood panelling, as well as the gold curtained ballroom, which gained the pub its Grade 11 listing status in 2012.
The golden stage drapes that are seen in the film were not quite big enough for the screen size we wanted, but the 150 strong audience were grateful for the night’s cinema transformation. Many thanks to all involved, especially the Ivy House, Working Title and Studio Canal for the film tape.