Hemel town centre transformed as Danny Boyle films new Sex Pistols biopic

Hemel Hempstead recently underwent a complete transformation as filming crews descended on the town centre.

Director Danny Boyle, who is perhaps best known for films such as Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire and Steve Jobs, was filming a new Sex Pistols biopic in the town at the weekend (Sunday, July 18).

Pistol is based on guitarist Steve Jones’ 2018 memoir Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol and features the life and work of the successful punk rock band.

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The limited six-part FX series, which could be released in the UK as early as January, has a stellar cast list which includes Game of Thrones sensation Maisie Williams.

Oscar-winner Boyle is the series’ director and executive producer and told NME: “Imagine breaking into the world of The Crown and Downton Abbey with your mates and screaming your songs and your fury at all they represent.

“This is the moment that British society and culture changed forever.”

For the filming in Hemel Hempstead, Bank Court was transformed into 1970s Birmingham while the Market Square was turned into 1970s Huddersfield.

Dan Stobbs, who provided HertsLive with the photos below, said: “I managed to get a behind the scenes look at the filming of Pistol, the new Sex Pistols biopic, where I was able to take some videos and photos of the rehearsals at Market Square before being asked to leave for the official take.

“Despite the scorching heat everyone was in good spirits and Danny Boyle (pictured in the hat and blue shirt) seemed really friendly and was chatting away to the crew and cast.

“It was a great experience to be standing just a few metres away from the award-winning director and see what goes into filming a television production.”

HertsLive – Hemel Hempstead