Controversial BBC Shoot Finally Takes Place at Ancient Greek Site (photos)



Photos: EUROKINISSI. Giorgos Kontarinis

Film crews started shooting early Thursday morning at the ancient site of Sounion, south of Athens, recording scenes for the BBC’s adaptation of John le Carre’s The Little Drummer Girl.

Shooting is scheduled to last only a few hours and was made possible after an apparent U-turn by Greek archaeological authorities.

The Central Archaeological Council (KAS) initially refused to grant permission, claiming the long hours requested at the site and the number of people involved would be unacceptable.

The council’s initial decision attracted strong criticism as Greece attempts to drum up much-needed investment by offering filmmakers a cost-effective destination to shoot.

Adapted from a spy novel by le Carre, the BBC miniseries is directed by South Korean filmmaker Park Chan-wook (Oldboy, The Handmaiden, Stoker), and will star Alexander Skarsgard, Michael Shannon and Florence Pugh.

According to a representative of the production company, Park Chan-wook personally wanted to film in Sounio.

Park Chan-wook (right) at Sounion.