Act Three members were delighted to shoot scenes at Merton Abbey Mills for the movie, Coconut.
Creating our films to celebrate Mitcham and Wimbledon & Putney Commons has already taught us a lot about local history. We’ve loved being out on the open spaces of the common, but filming on location at iconic sites including Southside House and Merton Abbey Mills has also been a joy.
Last week, company members from Act Three went to Merton Abbey Mills to film scenes for Coconut, which celebrates the work of the Suffragettes of Wimbledon and the working class women of Edwardian Mitcham.
With a rich history, Merton Abbey Mills is a focal point of the borough and it made the ideal setting for the film.
Most Merton residents have shopped and eaten at the site, but did you know that it takes part of its name from Merton Priory, one of the most important monasteries of the middle ages? Or that William Morris, artist, textile designer, poet & writer, philosopher and social activist, was based here, at the print works, from 1881 to 1888? And did you know that the famous waterwheel dates from 1885 and is the only one on the Wandle still in full working order?
Steeped in local legend, Merton Abbey Mills proved to be the perfect location for Act Three and we would like to thank Stephen Llewellyn at The Wheelhouse for allowing us to use this fantastic location for Coconut.
In Common tickets available soon!
If you would like to join us on July 17 2021 for the premiere of Coconut, plus four other short films from our In Common season, free tickets will be available later this month.
The event is taking place at Canons House & Grounds and we are looking forward to an outdoor film experience to remember.