The historic Twickenham Film Studios – which played host to movies ranging from Ridley Scott’s sci-fi classic Blade Runner to recent Margaret Thatcher biopic The Iron Lady – has been saved from closure, with its new owner pledging to keep making films at the site.
Established in 1913 and formerly Britain’s largest film studio, Twickenham went into administration in February and an announcement was made that the facility would close in June.
However, following fears that the studio would be sold to property developers, its new owner Twickenham Studios Ltd has promised to keep it open as a production space.
Property magnate Sunny Vohra, who runs the company, said: “There will be increased employment opportunities at the studios with investment in additional staff to make the studio a hive of creativity and an exceptional place to work.”
Maria Walker, a post-production supervisor who led the campaign to save the studios, said: “The recent press, industry and public interest in the studios has shown how important the studios are to the industry and to the borough of Richmond and local community.”
Other films made at Twickenham during its long history include The Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night, Alfie, Saturday Night and Sunday Morning and more recently My Week with Marilyn and Steven Spielberg’s First World War adaptation War Horse.