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Spooks: The Greater Good part-funded by Creative England's West Midlands Production Fund

The major new feature film is part-funded by Creative England’s West Midlands Production Fund (WMPF) with significant location work taking place in the West Midlands. This includes the opening scene, which is the biggest action set-piece, which shot in Coventry. Additional footage will be shot in Berlin and the Isle of Man.

Peter Firth as ‘Harry Pearce’ and Kit Harington as ‘Will Holloway’ in Bharat 

Spooks: The Greater Good

Nalluri’s Spooks: The Greater Good. 

The film stars Game Of Thrones actor Kit Harington, who spent his young adult life in Worcestershire, Zero Dark Thirty star Jennifer Ehle and Peter Firth who reprises his role as ‘Harry Pearce’ from the original hit international TV series that ran for 10 seasons.

Alongside Pinewood Pictures, Altitude Film Entertainment and BBC Films, the film has been part-funded by Creative England’s WMPF, which invests in the production of feature films and high-end TV drama from companies based in the West Midlands, as well as from producers looking to bring significant projects to the region.

The film and TV production fund has previously supported projects as diverse as the Nativity films, the documentary One Mile Away (Best British Feature, Edinburgh International Film Festival 2012) and high rating TV series Line of Duty and Dancing on the Edge.

Previously called the Advantage Media Production Fund (AMPF), it was re-launched as the West Midlands Production Fund in late 2013 and can now invest between £100,000 and £500,000 per project on a recoupable basis.

Richard Holmes, Senior Film Executive at Creative England, said: “Investment in local production activity and bringing large-scale films to the region not only supports local talent and enriches the industry, but also generates jobs and brings money into the region. This is what the West Midlands Production Fund is all about – and watching Coventry and Birmingham host two full-on action set-pieces will show just what the region can deliver.”

The WMPF is supported through the European Regional Development Fund. Successful productions must demonstrate a positive impact on the region and contribute to its development as a film and TV hub.

The plot

When charismatic terrorist Adam Qasim escapes from MI5 custody during a routine handover, the Head of Counter Terrorism, Sir Harry Pearce (Peter Firth) – is blamed. Disgraced and forced to resign, no one’s surprised when Harry disappears one night off a bridge into the Thames…

With MI5 on its knees in the wake of the Qasim debacle and facing controversial reform, former officer Will Crombie (Kit Harington) is brought back to uncover the truth they feared – Harry’s still alive. He’s gone rogue, and needs Will’s help.

As Qasim prepares his devastating attack on the heart of London, Will must decide whether to turn Harry in – or risk everything by trusting the damaged, dangerous master spy who has already betrayed him once before…

Spooks: The Greater Good is directed by Bharat Nalluri (originating director of Spooks, Hustle, Life on Mars, in addition to features Tsunami: The Aftermath, Mrs Pettigrew Lives for a Day), written by Jonathan Brackley and Sam Vincent, shot by Director of Photography Hubert Taczanowski (The Look of Love) and produced by Ollie Madden, Jane Featherstone, Stephen Garrett for Kudos and Shine Pictures. Spooks will be released in 2015.

Creative England’s Production Services Team provided location and crew support for Spooks: The Greater Good. For more information about filming in the Midlands, visit our Production Services page.

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