Parts of A&P Falmouth have been transformed into a blockbuster movie set this week as Hollywood stars film crews and descended on the docks.
World War Z is being made by Paramount Pictures, which is using Falmouth as one of its key filming locations. The multi million pound zombie thriller stars Brad Pitt, Matthew Fox and Mireille Enos.
Work is continuing as normal throughout the Yard, which is currently at full capacity, as filming for World War Z takes place on board one of the large RFA vessels berthed with A&P Falmouth in the Docks. Filming is scheduled to finish today (August 12).
Peter Child, Managing Director of A&P Falmouth, said: “The A&P Group is delighted to be able to host the filming of World War Z in our facilities at Falmouth. It is a major commitment, especially when at present we have five major contracts in the yard and the dry docks are full.
“As a major business and employer in the area we know it will also be a big boost to the local economy, just like the Tall Ships events we regularly host. It also demonstrates A&P’s ability to provide a full range of marine services to all types of customers, whether they be for ships, cargoes, marine renewables, cruise passengers or major Hollywood productions.
“We should also recognise the important role played by the RFA, MoD and Serco Denholm, two of our major customers and partners, who have made their assets available for the production. We look forward to seeing the completed film and hope there will be many more.”
World War Z Producer Colin Wilson said: “It’s been an ambitious shoot here and we couldn’t have done it without the cooperation of A&P and the town of Falmouth.”
Falmouth Docks has a history as a film location, or a base for filming at sea, dating back more than 60 years. Notable productions include Scott of the Antarctic, Robinson Crusoe and Hornblower.
As well as its unrivalled location and breathtaking scenery for filming, the Docks can offer production companies excellent facilities including storage, 24 hour security, parking, a helipad, fully fitted offices and assistance with set building. It also has the unique advantages of being the third deepest natural harbour in the world and, as a modern working dock yard, has all of the required trades and skills on site.
Mike Reynolds, Port Operations Director at A&P Falmouth, said: “The Port of Falmouth and the Docks have many unique attributes which are really attractive to production companies, as we’ve experienced over the past couple of weeks with World War Z. There is no reason why it can’t be as popular as other Cornish film locations, such as Charlestown.
“We look forward to securing Falmouth’s reputation as a first class location for filming and welcoming many more film crews in the future.”