Documentary about London’s The Ivy in the works

Woodcut Media and Content Media are coproducing a documentary about the recent renovation of London restaurant and celebrity hangout, The Ivy (pictured).
July 22, 2015

London restaurant The Ivy (pictured) will be the subject of a one-hour documentary produced by Woodcut Media and Content Media.

Directed by Adrian Sibley (The Kate Bush Story: Running Up That Hill), THE Ivy follows the director of the Covent Garden institution and celebrity hangout, Fernando Peire, as he oversees its first major renovation in 25 years.

The doc will delve into all aspects of the reno, from the final weeks before the restaurant closed to its¬†menu overhaul and reopening. The filmmakers interviewed the restaurant’s staff, as well as famous diners such as Calvin Klein, Maggi Hambling, Ronald Harwood and Julian Fellowes.

Content Media and Woodcut’s parent company Bob&Co are cofinancing the project and Content Media’s Content Television will handle international sales.

“It’s been a privilege to gain exclusive access to one of London’s most treasured culinary and cultural institutions, and document such a momentous time in its history,” said Woodcut’s joint creative director, Derren Lawford, in a statement. “The Ivy took a huge risk with this reinvention, so to be able to join them on this journey has been an exciting and eye-opening privilege”

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