V for Vendetta

Date: 2005
Director: James McTeigue
Production Company: Warner Bros., Virtual Studios, Silver Pictures

Stars: Natalie Portman, Hugo Weaving, Stephen Rea, Stephen Fry, John Hurt, Tim Pigott-Smith, Rupert Graves, Roger Allam, Ben Miles, Sinéad Cusack, Delia Surridge
Location(s): Berlin, Brandenburg (Germany), Hertfordshire, London

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Storyline:

In a dystopian future a vengeful anarchist known only as “V” plots to overthrow the tyrannical government.

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Screen captures by Phil Wilkinson

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Remember, remember the 5th of November, The gunpowder treason and plot, I know of no reason why the gunpowder treason, Should ever be forgot. But what of the man? Guy Fawkes (Clive Ashborn) is hanged for his attempt to destroy parliament. Hatfield House in Hatfield, Hertfordshire. The location was also seen in ‘The New World’, ‘Orlando’, ‘Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes’, 'Get Him to the Greek’, ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’, ‘Mortdecai’ and more.

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With curfew approaching, television station employee Evey Hammond (Natalie Portman) walks through the City to visit her friend, TV host Gordon Deitrich. Cloth Fair in London EC3 with St. Bartholomew’s Church in the centre background.

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Ahead, the figure of a Fingerman appears. Facing north-eastward on Cloth Fair. Many of the locations are identified on other site including Wikipedia, IMDB, british-film-locations.com and Movie-Locations.com.

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People come out of their houses when they hear the 1812 Overture playing over the speakers in the street as V blows up the Central Criminal Court after rescuing Evey from three Fingermen. Rawstorne Street in EC1.

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On the British Television Network the destruction of the Old Bailey is reported as being an emergency demolition.

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Minister of Investigations, Chief Inspector Eric Finch (Stephen Rea) arrives at the television studio where V has hijacked the network.

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V (Hugo Weaving) makes a public appearance on televisions and screens throughout London asking "There is something terribly wrong with this country, isn't there?" Piccadilly Circus in W1.

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Waking up in V's 'Shadow Gallery', Evey tells him about her deceased parents, and how as a Young Evey (Madeleine Rakic-Platt), she helped them in their protest against the war and the reclamation. Looking into Farringdon Station from Cowcross Street in EC1.

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Evey continues that her brother was one of the pupils who died at St. Mary's. Cowcross Street with buildings on Turnmill Street in the right background.

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Before being killed by V, who uses Evey as a decoy, aide Denis (Martin Savage) accompanies the Bishop Anthony Lilliman (John Standing), to his bedchamber.

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Connecting the spate of deaths that include Lewis Prothero, the outspoken television personality 'The Voice of London', the Minister of Investigations races to the home of Delia Surridge.

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The Minister approaches Delia's house while V talks with her after administering a lethal injection as revenge for what she did to him at Larkhill Detention Centre. Thornhill Crescent in Islington N1.

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Inspector Finch reads in Delia's diary about the day the first batch of subjects arrived at Larkhill Detention Centre.

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A Surveillance Team eavesdrops on residents as they patrol the streets under curfew.

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While visiting Gordon Deitrich, Evey is captured when he is forcibly taken away after ridiculing Adam Sutler in his television show. Alwyne Road at the corner of Alwyne Place in Islington N1.

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Written on toilet paper, notes appear in Evey’s cell that tell the life story of Valerie Page (Natasha Wightman) who is apparently imprisoned in the adjacent cell for being a lesbian.

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A news report about the closure of the London Underground is recalled in the messages. Displaying its original name, behind actor Simon Newby can be seen the frontage of the disused Aldwych station on Strand WC2.

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Valerie tells of Norsefire rising to power and start of segregation, of when her lover Ruth was taken to a detention centre.

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After V reveals that he was Evey’s captor and that Valerie was a prisoner in the cell next to him at Larkhill, the now fearless woman walks free. Simon James recognised this as Portugal Street in WC2, just south of Lincoln’s Inn Fields.

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In the rain, Evey moves on after watching more fabricated news stories on a shop window television. The since demolished parade of shops on Wentworth Avenue in Slough, Berkshire.

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At the memorial to the St. Mary’s Virus victims, Inspector Finch and Sergeant Dominic Stone (Rupert Graves) meet with William Rookwood.

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Rookwood details the rise of the High Chancellor Adam Sutler (John Hurt) after his rousing speech at a Norsefire Party rally. Konzerthaus Berlin on Gendarmenmarkt in Berlin.

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Events over the previous years are explained including the spreading of the St. Mary’s Virus which was blamed on a foreign power.

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Reported as the work of terrorists at the time, the release of the virus into the Underground is attributed to Sutler’s right hand man, Peter Creedy. News footage of Aldgate station on Aldgate High Street in EC3.

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Responsibility for contamination of the water supply at Three Waters was also aimed at outside forces but was the final act that led to Sutler's Norsefire Party coming to power as the nation's safe-guarder.

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Thinking over her time spent in the 'Shadow Gallery', Evey walks through the streets. The access road from Rokesby Road that served businesses on Wentworth Avenue in Slough, Berkshire. The rooftops of since demolished bungalows on Marunden Green stand behind the wall.

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Turning a corner, Evey sees a young Girl defacing a government poster. The access road and shops were demolished in 2013 to be replaced by houses on a new road named Oakcroft.

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The Girl (Billie Cook) runs away when she spots Evey. Looking north along Rokesby Road in Britwell, Slough.

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Railway wagons loaded with thousands of boxes arrive in the Capital. An ariel view of Wembley Central Junction, formerly Sudbury Junction, just south of Wembley Central station on the West Coast Main Line.

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The boxes containing “V” disguises are distributed throughout London. The junction of Thornhill Square, Thornhill Crescent and Bridgeman Road N1.

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Carrying spray paint cans and wearing her “V” outfit, the Girl ‘flies’ towards her next target. In the background stands the property at the corner of King Henry’s Road and Regent’s Park Road in NW1.

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A Fingerman (Matt Wilkinson) fires a shot at the Girl as she walks away wearing the banned mask. Facing the junction of King Henry’s Road and Regent’s Park Road. The location appears in ‘Cassandra’s Dream’.

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An angry crowd descends on the Fingerman following the shooting. Again, facing the junction of King Henry’s Road and Regent’s Park Road in NW1.

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Standing next to the dead Girl, the Fingerman shows his badge of authority before being killed by the enraged mob. The bridge takes Regents Park Road over the West Coast Main Line.

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Outside Parliament, troops march into position in readiness for social disorder. Parliament Square with the Houses of Parliament in the background.

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As anarchy takes hold, Inspector Finch begins to search old tunnels as he looks for V.

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V takes Evey into the Underground and shows her a train loaded with explosives. The platform at Aldwych station that last saw passenger trains in 1994.

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The two part when V makes his way along the tunnel to Victoria station leaving Evey alone. The station platform also feature in ‘Death Line’, 'The Bed Sitting Room', ‘Gideon's Day’, 'Their Finest', ‘Tube Tales’, ‘Prick Up Your Ears’ and many others.

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Peter Creedy (Tim Pigott-Smith) brings Adam Sutler to the derelict Victoria tube station where the High Chancellor and is murdered before a shootout in which V is fatally wounded. Looking a little like Gants Hill station in Ilford, this is a set built at Babelsberg Studios in Potsdam, Brandenburg.

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Troops stand by a mass of people begin to descend on the centre of London. Whitehall in SW1 with the Equestrian statue of the Duke of Cambridge to the left and Horse Guards on the right. The thoroughfare features in many productions including ‘Skyfall’, 'Gideon's Day', 'The Traitors', 'Come Play With Me' and 'The Body Stealers'.

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Without orders from the High Chancellor, the General (Michael Simkins) outside Parliament is impotent. Parliament Square SW1 with the New Palace Yard of the Houses of Parliament providing the background. An unobstructed view of the location is seen in 'Time Without Pity' and 'Press for Time'.

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Dressed in capes, hats and masks, the population make for Parliament in silence. Trafalgar Square in WC2.

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The General watches as the horde approaches Parliament Square. Facing south on St. Margaret Street SW1 with the Houses of Parliament to the left.

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Looking along Bridge Street towards Westminster Bridge.

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The corner of Great George Street, Parliament Street and Bridge Street.

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Finch stands by as Evey sets the train in motion after placing V’s lifeless body inside one of the cars. The former Aldwych station on Strand.

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Beneath the seat of government, the train explodes. A one seventh scale model built for destruction at Shepperton Studios.

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