Hollywood could make return to Daedalus after Dunkirk filming success

HOLLYWOOD productions could continue to dazzle residents on a former Navy airfield.

Saturday, 13th August 2016, 6:00 am

Solent Airport at Daedalus in Lee-on-the-Solent hosted production crews from Christopher Nolan’s forthcoming war epic Dunkirk at the site last month for three weeks.

Stubbington and Lee-on-the-Solent residents watched on in awe as Spitfires and Messerschmitts were embroiled in dogfights above the landing strip while helicopters filmed the action.

It is also believed filming took place nearby but the details are being kept under wraps by the film’s producers.

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Councillor Sean Woodward, Leader of Fareham Borough Council said: ‘We can certainly expect more production companies to head to Daedalus after this.

‘I know that it proved to be an absolute spectacle for the nearby residents and as for us, we’d love to see more crews come down to use the facilities.’

The crews rented a hangar on the airfield site.

Dunkirk stars actors Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Kenneth Branagh and Harry Styles.

The film will tell the tale of the 1940 evacuation of Allied soldiers who were surrounded by German troops on the beach of the French town during World War Two.

While fans looked on in vain for Harry Styles, it is believed Tom Hardy was spotted in The Golden Bowler in Stubbington.

Chris Wood, borough councillor for Stubbington visited the set and spotted Christopher Nolan at

He said: ‘It would love to see more productions head to the site. It was great fun to have them here and it was amazing to walk around the set.

‘If we can attract more of Hollywood to Daedalus then why not? I know Stubbington residents loved getting the chance to view the action.’

Filming across the county is promoted by Film Hampshire who seeks to bring production companies to 400 locations.

Hollywood is no stranger to the Portsmouth area with Academy Award-winning Les Miserables shot in the Historic Dockyard back in 2012.