Tom Cruise, Harry Potter, Star Wars… and Gary!

Whether it’s Tom Cruise landing in a helicopter in Trafalgar Square, a chase across Tower Bridge in The Mummy Returns or Madonna appearing in Peckham Plunge Baths (really!), London provides some of the finest film locations in the world. And the common link is Senior Art Director Gary Tomkins, who’s also worked on major movie franchises Harry Potter and Star Wars.

Whether you’re thinking of a career in cinematic design, are an interested film-goer, or just like a good yarn, Gary will keep you entertained and informed. Plus he’ll tell you why he once bought up all the bags of flour from a shop’s shelves in Greenwich!

Gary Tomkins in front of Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square
Photo (at Gary Tomkins in front of Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square

Visit the site of Tom Cruise’s helicopter landing by Nelson’s column in this podcast, and see the effect of Gary’s (and Tom’s!) work on YouTube.

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Produced and presented by Adrian Lacey ©2018

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Main theme: Super Bubbly by Jesse Spillane (edited for timing)

Incidental music: What Have You Done by Lee Rosevere

Music used, mixed with speech, with thanks under the Creative Commons CC BY licence

2 thoughts on “Tom Cruise, Harry Potter, Star Wars… and Gary!”

  1. This is a must listen-to for any budding film producer or in fact anyone interested as to why parts of London occasionally gets parts shut down temporarily for filming to eventually showcase on the global stage. Brilliant behind the scenes interview. Fascinating!

    1. Thanks for listening and for your kind comments, Annika. All credit to my star guest Gary for sharing his 36 years of wisdom and experience! I’m glad you enjoyed it and hope you subscribe and find other editions of the show to explore. Please feel free to spread the word… 🙂 – A

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