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Sunday September 23rd 2018

Hackers | 1995

Engaging, early 'computer age' thriller, set in New York, where the high school is Stuyvesant High School, 345 Chambers Street, Battery Park City.

The apartment of Dade (Jonny Lee Miller) is 31 Grove Street at Bleecker Street.

The production was based at Pinewood Studios, Buckinghamshire, so a couple of interiors were filmed in the UK. Although geek heaven 'Cyberdelia' appears to be 382 West Broadway at Broome Street, the interior was built inside the disused 1896 Brentford Public Baths, Clifden Road, Brentford. The production had to be extra careful not to damage the Grade II listed example of late Victorian architecture.
Home of Brentford Swimming Club, the baths closed in 1990. The main pool remains, but much of the rest of the premises has been converted into flats.

And although the HQ of the 'Ellingson Mineral Corporation' appears to be One Liberty Plaza, 1 Liberty Street at Broadway, the interior is that of the Lloyd’s Building, 1 Lime Street, EC3, headquarters of the insurance company in the City of London.

Famously built ‘inside out’, the interior, as you can see, is left clear and uncluttered while all its services – the lifts, power cables and plumbing are on the outside.

You can see the tower's unmistakable exterior in 1998’s The Avengers (that’s the big-screen version of the 60s cult TV series, not the Marvel epic), Mike Leigh’s High Hopes, Taylor Hackford’s Proof Of Life and Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London. More surprisingly, the iconic building is used as both a ‘New York’ hi-rise and the entrance to the ‘Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur’ in Entrapment, as the ‘US Embassy, Hong Kong’ in Tony Scott’s Spy Game, and even as 'Xandar' in Guardians Of The Galaxy.


This is a basic entry and due to be expanded.