Ready Player One

Locations: Jewellery Quarter (Newhall Street, Henrietta Street, Ludgate Hill, Lionel Street, Mary Anne Street, Livery Street, Water Street), Digbeth (the Typhoo Factory, Floodgate Street, Little Anne Street, River Street) Spaghetti Junction (by the Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity & St Luke)

Director: Steven Spielberg

Cast: Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, T.J. Miller, Simon Pegg, Mark Rylance

UK Release Date: 29th March 2018

Based on Ernest Cline’s bestseller of the same name, Ready Player One is set in 2045, with the world on the brink of chaos and collapse. But the people have found salvation in the OASIS, an expansive virtual reality universe created by the brilliant and eccentric James Halliday (Mark Rylance).

Filming for Ready Player One took place in Autumn 2016 at numerous Birmingham city centre locations including the historic Jewellery Quarter, fashionable industrial district Digbeth and the city’s famous road interchange Spaghetti Junction.

In recent interviews for Ready Player One Director Steven Spielberg praised Birmingham for its versatility:

“There’s few places in England that can pass for America and Birmingham filled the bill.”

“It looked like it could be a city from the past or a city from the future. We had a great time filming in Birmingham, the people there were really wonderful.”

Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Locations: Birmingham City Centre (Waterloo Street, Edmund Street, Colmore Row, Margaret Street, Cornwall Street)

Director: Matthew Vaughn

Cast: Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Taron Egerton, Mark Strong, Halle Berry, Channing Tatum, Jeff Bridges

UK Release Date: 20th September 2017

When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, the Kingsman’s journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organisation in the US. In the highly-anticipated sequel to Kingsman: The Secret, these two elite secret organisations must band together to defeat a common enemy.

Filming for Kingsman: The Golden Circle took place in May 2016 with Birmingham doubling for London in a dramatic car chase between a black cab and three golden jaguars – as seen in this TV spot.

American Assassin

Location: Jewellery Quarter (Ludgate Hill, Lionel Street, Water Street), Birmingham Council House (courtyard), Margaret Street.

Director: Michael Cuesta

Cast: Dylan O’Brien, Michael Keaton, Taylor Kitsch

UK Release Date: 14th September 2017

When Cold War veteran Stan Hurley (Michael Keaton) takes CIA black ops recruit Mitch Rapp (Dylan O’Brien) under his wing, they receive an assignment to investigate a wave of random attacks on both military and civilian targets. After discovering a pattern of violence, Hurley and Rapp join forces with a lethal Turkish agent to stop a mysterious operative who wants to start a global war.

The filming for American Assassin took place in December 2016 with parts of the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham city centre doubling for Warsaw, Poland in a series of explosive action sequences.

Man Like Mobeen

Locations: Small Heath, Balsall Heath, Digbeth

Director: Ollie Parsons

Cast: Guz Khan, Tez Ilyas, Duaa Karim, Tolu Ogunmefun

BBC Three’s Man Like Mobeen tells the story of Mobeen (Guz Khan), a 28-year-old from Small Heath in Birmingham, who wants to follow his faith, lead a good life, and make sure his younger sister fulfils her potential. But can he juggle these when his criminal past and reputation is always chasing him?

The show’s creator and star Guz Khan hails from Birmingham and Man Like Mobeen was exclusively shot on location near to his home turf of Small Heath.

Lloyds Bank: By Your Side

Locations: Jewellery Quarter (Warstone Lane), The Library of Birmingham

The iconic black horse returned to TV screens in Lloyds Bank’s recent ad campaign celebrating the resilience of the British people. Two key sequences were shot on location in Birmingham – the black horse is seen running through The Library of Birmingham and down Warstone Lane in the historic Jewellery Quarter.

One Born Every Minute

Location: Birmingham Women’s Hospital, Edgbaston

Series 11 of Channel 4’s One Born Every Minute follows the journey of more than 30 parents-to-be at the UK’s busiest single site maternity unit at Birmingham Women’s Hospital.

Red Bull: 5-A-Side

Red Bull hosted the national final of their global five-a-side tournament in Birmingham. The football competition lead by the Brazilian football supremo Neymar Jr. was held at a secret location in the city centre.

Nationwide: The Birth of the Building Society

Nationwide launched the next film as part of their Voices campaign with this latest TV spot, “The Birth of the Building Society”. Telling the true story of how building societies came to be, it’s a compelling account of the very beginnings of the social movement that started in 1775. The poem shows us what happens when every day people help everyday people and is a perfect encapsulation of the Nationwide ethos.