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Hollywood comes to West Thurrock
3:00pm Saturday 22nd September 2012 in News
A WEST Thurrock depot proved the perfect place to shoot a scene for a new film starring Jason Statham.
HB Pictures where on the hunt for a clear view of the iconic Queen Elizabeth II Bridge, between the borough and Dartford, and Lafarge’s 30 metre silos, which are adjacent to the crossing, were an ideal platform.
The film company were shooting a scene for Hummingbird, which stars Statham as a veteran special forces soldier who takes on a new identity as an upper class Londoner in order to try and redeem himself from his criminal past.
Filming started in March and it is due for release next year. Statham has enjoyed starring roles in a number of films, including Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch, and The Transporter.
Lafarge received a £1,000 location fee from HB Pictures, and decided to donate it to EllenorLions Hospices, who provide care for adults living in Dartford, Gravesham, Swanley and surrounding villages.
John Cox, Operations Manager at the West Thurrock depot, said: “We are delighted to be able to present EllenorLions Hospices with this donation of £1,000.
“As a cement-making business, we don’t usually get the opportunity to be involved with feature films and it’s fantastic that we’ve been able to not only help HB Pictures but also raise some funds for EllenorLions Hospices which supports the local community with excellent care services.”
Louise Wright, from the hospice added: “Our staff at EllenorLions Hospices work hard to provide an-all encompassing service for our patients.
“Every week we provide hospice care in the family home for 300 adults and 100 children, and each year 250 people receive in-hospice care at our bedded facility in Northfleet.
“Our services cost around £5 million a year but are free of charge to our patients. We very much rely on donations and fundraising by local corporates and the community.
“This generous donation from Lafarge will help us to continue providing these much needed services.”