The buzz created around the release of the latest Mission: Impossible film is being felt even more keenly at one leather clothing manufacturer in Ashdon after they struck a deal to supply all the bikers’ gear used in the movie.
Hideout Leather, based at Goldstones Farm in Radwinter Road, has been involved with the fifth instalment of the Mission: Impossible series, called Rogue Nation, since being approached in April 2014.
Warner Studios, the makers of the film starring Tom Cruise and Rebecca Ferguson, had been considering using a maker of normal leather jackets, but one of the product placement team it uses decided they wanted actual motorbike leathers, so got in touch with Hideout.
Kate Jennings, who runs the company with her sister Rachael, explained: “This time they wanted proper leather motorbike suits.
“There’s not really that many of us left that can do it. There’s only three of us that can do it in the country.
“He called us up but wouldn’t tell us what the film was because at that point it was very hush hush and said would we be interested and take it on as a project.
“We took it on only to find out later that it was Mission Impossible 5. I didn’t think it was going to be that big.”
The leathers were needed for a long chase scene in the film, which was shot at Warner’s studio in Watford and on location in Marrakesh, Morocco, and the first samples were made in June 2014.
All the suits were completed in time for the filming to start last September.
Kate, who employs ten staff, explained: “Initially it was going to be a small part of the film, the bike chase and the cars, and then it developed.
“Initially we were asked for 12-15 suits and that went up to 33.”
The leather suits were needed for not just the actors but also the stunt riders, many of whom are actually motorcycle road racers and were therefore already known to Kate as Hideout provides gear for people in the industry.
A number of trips had to be made to Watford for fittings for those who required the leathers, including Rebecca Ferguson.
Kate said: “She (Ferguson) was lovely and so easy to work for. She looks fabulous and has a fantastic figure, which helps, but they wanted the suits spot on.
“It took a lot of fittings and going backwards and forwards to the studio.
“I did get to meet Alec Baldwin, who was in the film, and he was a lovely man.”
Kate and Rachael, whose company has been in Ashdon now for 15 years, were also invited to the press screening of the film at Leicester Square on July 22, one week before its general release.
Kate and Rachael took all their staff along to watch the film on its first night last Thursday (30) at Haverhill Cineworld.
Looking back at their first experience of working on a movie of such magnitude, Kate said: “We’ve done some bits for Top Gear and The Gadget Show, but blink and you would miss it.
“This is by far the most high profile thing we have done.”