Wonka – Made At WBSL

Something sweet has arrived in cinemas! Wonka is out now in cinemas across the UK. We were delighted to be home to this scrumdiddlyumptious production, which built over 50 sets across three of our sound stages, bringing to life iconic locations such as Scrubitt & Bleacher’s enterprise, the cathedral vault and Wonka’s breath-taking chocolate shop.

In addition to these internal sets, production designer Nathan Crowley and the team designed an incredible array of sets on our studio backlot. Director Paul King described the city to his creative team as “the best of Europe,” and production designer Nathan Crowley, working closely with set decorator Lee Sandales and property master Jamie Wilkinson, created just that, fashioning a charming town with a mix of Belgian, Czech, Dutch, French, German and Swiss architecture.

“As a designer, I’m trying to make the world seamlessly exist for the audience without being distracting. With fantasy, you get to stretch that idea considerably and hopefully create a world that is both whimsical and believable… I think it worked out well that we got to build a big backlot, because we got to make it ours.” – Nathan Crowley, Production Designer for Wonka

The film featured the incredible work of costumer designer Lindy Hemming, who has been praised by cast and crew alike for her detail oriented costume design work.

“I was incredibly lucky to work with these masters of craft—like Lindy Hemming and production designer Nathan Crowley—who have been doing this for long enough, and their enthusiasm and hunger has stayed the same. As a young actor, to get to work with artists like that… that’s the sweet spot.”  – Timothée Chalamet

Featuring an ensemble, all-star cast starring Timothée Chalamet, Hugh Grant, Olivia Coleman and Paterson Joseph to name a few, Wonka tells the story of how the world’s greatest inventor, magician and chocolate-maker became the beloved Willy Wonka we know today. The film was produced by David Heyman, Alexandra Derbyshire and Former CEO of the Roald Dahl Story Company Luke Kelly.

We offer massive congratulations to the entire cast and crew across all departments who worked tirelessly to bring this production together. We cannot wait to watch Wonka on the big screen.


Watch the official trailer here: