BBC filming for “The Little Drummer Girl” wraps up at Sounion temple

Crews filming a part of the BBC’s production “The Little Drummer Girl” at the ancient temple of Poseidon in Sounion, south of Athens, wrapped up their work on Thursday.

The filming became the focus of a controversy when the Central Archaeological Council – which advises the government on preservation and proper use of sites and monuments – rejected an initial licence application, appearing to thwart efforts by the Greek government to attract investments by international film companies in Greece. The licence was finally granted after scheduling adaptations.

At Sounion on Thursday, the film crews set up at 7:00 a.m. and completed filming by 1:00 p.m.. The the site remained open to tourists throughout the day (it stays open until sundown).

The section filmed at Sounion is part of a serial adaptation based on famed author John Le Carre’s spy thriller, directed by renowned director Park Chan-wook.

Earlier in the day, Secretary General for Information and Communication Lefteris Kretsos told Praktorio 104.9FM, the radio station of Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA), that “there is investment interest by creators and large (film) studios in Greece,” and cited “a very large Chinese television organisation” also interested in filming at Sounion.

In an interview to the station, Kretsos said that the Ministry of Culture is working on simplifying the licence-granting process by the archaeological council and the government on tax incentives so as to make the country “film friendly”.