Petition to Save Twickenham Film Studios

We have no time to waste!

Twickenham Film studios has gone into administration and word has it that property developers are moving in. Please sign our petition to help stop the developers in their tracks!

We don’t need more executive homes! Twickenham has been at the forefront of the British film industry for 99 years - let’s help it make to 100 and beyond. Spread the word… Re-tweet and post on your Facebook. We need to get this out to as many people as possible. Films like The Iron Lady, War Horse, Ghandi, Italian Job, Shirley Valentine, Help, Hard Day’s Night, An American Werewolf in London and many many more have been made here. It’s a National Treasure!!

Save Twickenham Film Studios

— from local resident, Maria Walker

26 February 2012 | around town


There may be much that is wrong with ‘Twickers’ but it’s a good studio, good films are made there and it provides work for great talent - so what if it is a bit long in the tooth - remember the old addage about tunes and fiddles and let’s not forget how Guido had ups and downs but kept going

S F Marchant at 1 March 2012 4:11 PM

I was really saddened to hear the news about the studios. I grew up and have lived in the area for most of my life and was always so proud to learn that some of the greatest films were filmed there. I phoned the studios to ask if they were running any tours before it closed, but although they had thought to do so, time is too short to plan them. I agree it would be lovely to save it, if we can. And I also support the idea that we do not want any more executive homes…we DO need more schools though!

Surya Cooper at 2 March 2012 9:39 AM

Thank you for starting this petition - I hoped someone with the know-how would. I couldn’t believe it when I heard Twickenham Film Studios was going to be sold to property developers for demolition. Yet another piece of our local (and film) history lost forever. Perhaps the petition details could also be published in The Richmond and Twickenham Times newspaper and any other local newspaper (is The Richmond Guardian still around? - we haven’t seen it for years). You would get so many more supporters who aren’t subscribers to the St. Margarets Community Newsletter. Facebook and Twitter are great, but local papers are still the best way to reach local people who care.
Best of luck with it.

sheryl nairn at 2 March 2012 11:25 AM

What a fantastic opportunity for a new school! I wonder whether this has been considered by the council?

NH at 2 March 2012 11:49 AM

The RTT reports: ’ . . Developer Taylor Wimpey intends to develop the land . . (they) said: “(we) and the current owners of Twickenham Film Studios are exploring the potential for the site to be redeveloped for a mixed use scheme, providing employment space alongside a mixture of residential dwellings.” . . Cllr Chris Harrison told residents that . . because the council did not own the site, it had no power over who the studios are sold to . . (the) Studios recently went into administration and its finances are currently being managed by Begbies Traynor.’

Christopher Squire [TypeKey Profile Page] at 2 March 2012 5:46 PM

Never mind the fact that I’ve worked there and like the place, for purely practical reasons Twickenham Film Studios should be saved. It employs people with valuable expertise, it brings in foreign currency and it exports product (a phrase from the post WW2 period was ‘Export or Die’ and if I’m not mistaken, we’re in a similar situation now). More housing won’t help the economy. If the company has financial problems…step forward bankers and redeem youselves!

Glenn Hyde at 2 March 2012 8:40 PM

To whom it may concern
Please please save Twickenham Film Studios. There are far too many old buildings being destroyed for what it thought to be progress. This is happening in Bournemouth where I live; its terrible. am currently working in Twickenham
I am a professional actress and remember the studio for so long:STOP THE PROPERTY DEVELOPERS
YES what a good idea to start a film school????Community development
CHristina Artemis of Artemis Productions

Christina Artemis at 17 March 2012 5:24 PM

I worked for many years at Shepperton Film Studios when it too was under threat of closure. Fortunately those studios were saved from short sighted redevelopment and are now flourishing to the benefit of the community, the industry and the nation. The same could easily happen in Twickenham if we can stop this needless closure. Jeremy Hunt lives up to his nickname yet again eh? .

John Denby at 20 March 2012 11:08 AM

There are many reasons for saving Twickenham Studios, not least of which is the contribution they make to the local economy. The cafes, restaurants and shops that we use and enjoy exist because of the Studios and the many people who work there. Destroy the Studios and you effectively destroy St. Margarets.

Martyn at 20 March 2012 5:54 PM

I have been in ‘the business’ for many years and I am appalled by the lack of interest in keeping one of our greatests industries alive by the government. We DO NOT NEED more exclusive homes to be built on the site! We need our film industry, the best in the world to be kept going. Come on all those who have made it to get together and help to save this wonderful piece of history!

Tricia Ford at 18 April 2012 2:33 PM

dear sirs, im writing as someone who for more years than i could describe here, has had many many connections with twickenham studios,including working both as a chaperone, as an actressetc, our local family are all in an industry that seems at the moment, to be constantly hammered by the ‘big society’ government.please, please save this wonderful, iconic studio. five days one summer, the worst witch, just to name but two productions,im personally calling on my peers, ex and current colleagues, to make their voices heard loud and clear! art IS life. without it we are lesser human beings, save our STUDO!!!!!

lindsey brook(marcel) at 18 April 2012 2:42 PM

please please save this iconic studio. ive woked there, many of my family have worked there, lindsey brook, and all her brood!

lindsey brook(marcel) at 18 April 2012 2:45 PM

• Property developers Taylor Wimpey withdraw bid for Twickenham Film Studios [RTT Apr 20]:

Christopher Squire [TypeKey Profile Page] at 21 April 2012 2:07 PM

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