Puttnam condemns peers over filming
Published 13/07/2014 | 15:28
Film maker Lord Puttnam has criticised peers who blocked filming for the latest Tarzan movie from taking place in the House of Lords.
Hollywood giant Warner Bros, who are making the film, Tarzan The Untamed, wanted to use the chamber as the character Tarzan is the son of a British lord and lady.
But the House Committee decided in May it would not be suitable to let the plans go ahead.
Lord Puttnam told The Mail on Sunday that it was "wrong" to argue that the Lords would be belittled by the filming.
He said: "There are always forces of reaction. In the end, you have to overcome them."
Lord Puttnam said he was not connected to the film but made the proposals to film in the Lords because he is the unpaid chairman of the Film London Ex ecutive Task Force, which encourages film making in the city.
A spokesman for the House of Lords said the decision was made by the select committee because the producers wanted to use the chamber in the summer. This was thought to be too short notice to make arrangements and would also lead to the cancellation of paid tours for the general public.
The spokesman said: " They (the House Committee) were not convinced that to proceed would provide a net financial benefit. They were keen to stress they were not against filming in the House."
Tarzan The Untamed will star Swedish actor Alexander Skarsgard as Tarzan and Australian actress Margot Robbie as Jane.
Parliament was first used for commercial filming in April after MPs agreed it was a good way to cover costs.
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