Sunday, November 20, 2011

Lipstick traces: Velvet Goldmine filming locations

"The secret of becoming a star is knowing how to behave like one."
I may or may not have expressed my undying love for Todd Haynes' Velvet Goldmine in this blog before. I saw it in the cinema back when it was first released in 1998, when I was 14 - and I'm not even kidding when I say that it pretty much changed my life. Now, in 2011, I have seen it tens and tens of times and I'm still as in love with it as I was back in the day. It is one of those films that I can watch countless of times and never tire of it. Instead, I always find something new and interesting. And, most of all, for me Velvet Goldmine equals two hours of pure, unadulterated entertainment.

So when my darling friend, soulmate and fellow Velvet Goldmine devotee Mycah visited me in London this fall, we spent a day visiting locations related to our favourite movie. We first hopped on the train to Chiswick and headed over to the gorgeous Chiswick House and Gardens, where the photoshoot montage featuring Brian and Mandy Slade and his band was filmed. We were so giddy to be there and discover that very little has changed about the location since the filming of the movie. Needless to say, we could not resist re-enacting the scenes much to the horror and/or delight of the onlookers. As they once wrote, camp isn't just a row of tents. Next we returned back to central London and went to Lambeth Bridge, where parts of the opening credits featuring glam rock fans were were filmed. Lastly, we visited the location depicted as the birthplace of Oscar Wilde, set in Dublin 1854, which was filmed just off Brick Lane.

It was an amazing day and made our geek hearts very, very happy indeed. Here's a collage that Mycah put together of our Velvet Goldmine day.


  1. I have yet to see Velvet Goldmine, which is shocking because the story really sounds right up my alley, but I just love this post nonetheless! <3

  2. Kailey - Oh my, do yourself a favour and watch it asap! You'll LOVE it, I'm absolutely certain!

    Maria - Thanks! :)

  3. Hello! I was looking for velvet goldmine´s locations and I found your blog! Here are some other locations that I found by my own:

    - Arthur´s House: Chelmsford Square, London.
    - Death of Glitter Concert/Fans waiting in line in the beginning of the movie: "Brixton Academy".
    - Arthur and Placebo runnnig: Lothbury e Threadneedle Street.
    - Arthur and Placebo exiting the subway: Royal Exchange station.
    - Arthur and Curt sex scene: roof of Stanley Buildings (Kings Cross)
    - Arthur Hot one sequence - “cool” T-shirt: Saint Paul's Churchyard
    - Glitter Kids running: Lambeth Bridge.
    - Arthur walking in "1984": Wellesley Road- Croydon.
    - “Mister BBC” scene: Portobello Road.

    Hope you like it!

  4. Gus Barletto - Wow, nice job tracking down all of those locations - and thank you so much for sharing them here! I will most definitely go and check them out when I have a moment. Keep your eyes peeled for future posts! If you ever come across more Velvet Goldmine related locations, especially around London, I would love to hear about them.

    Thanks again!

  5. Thank you! I'll keep looking!

  6. Gus & Riikka You both are amazing, guys! Thank you so so much! Additionally, the shots are brilliant!