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The cast of the new Netflix movie I came by have revealed that it was “magical” to make such an ambitious film entirely in London – where they both grew up.
Directed by Under the shade Filmmaker Babak Anvari, the film follows a pair of graffiti artists (George MacKay and Percelle Ascott) who enter the path of Hugh Bonneville’s retired judge – a man hiding a dark secret.
Ascott, whose previous credits include Doctor Who and Tin starsaid filming on familiar streets added an extra level of excitement and intensity to the project for him.
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“For me it was quite magical because we’re filming in places I grew up in,” the star told Yahoo Entertainment UK.
He added: “There was one particular place that was a school my grandfather went to, so again it was just nice to have that experience of filming in your London.
“We talked about where these boys were from and found that London, and really talked about the kind of graffiti background and all kinds of choices that make these characters, basically.”
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Ascott and MacKay play politically motivated graffiti artists, who break into the homes of wealthy Londoners and splash the title phrase on their walls in protest of inequality.
MacKay said so I came byits depiction of Britain’s capital – highlighting the disparity between the wealthy and those lacking the same privilege – “feels like the London we know” having lived there.
“You kind of get a couple of postcard moments, but it’s not all London Eye and Big Ben. It feels very rooted in the London we know,” he said.
MacKay added: “That’s what the film looks at. It’s so multidimensional in terms of all the social aspects of it.
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“London feels like the perfect setting because we all live on top of each other and intertwined. That melting pot feels especially true to this city.”
The boys’ graffiti crusade takes a dark turn when MacKay breaks into the home of Bonneville’s character – a renowned judge with a history of helping refugees – only to be stunned by what he discovers.
This is the first of director Anvari’s films to be shot in London, despite the city being the filmmaker’s home, and he first came up with the idea 20 years ago – expecting it to be his first film.
“It’s the first time I’m actually shooting in London, which is home — and it felt good. I want, if I can, to do everything in London,” Anvari said.
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The director added: “It’s a Hitchcockian neo-noir film. Hitchcock is from Britain, but it’s rare that these kinds of films are made here.
“The Americans do it very well. Even the French do it very well. So why not just take inspiration from the master and make that kind of film here in London?
“London, as a city, is excellent for a neo-noir film. It’s pretty much like a character in the story, you know.
“It felt good. I felt good after wrapping up, going home and sleeping in my own bed.”
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The film’s cast includes Line of Duty star Kelly Macdonald as the mother of MacKay’s character, as well as Yazdan Qafouri, who plays an Iranian refugee who works as a masseuse.
I came by is in UK cinemas now ahead of its Netflix debut on 26 August.
See: Trailer for I came by