Self storage has become a huge industry in recent years and offers a range of storage options for both personal and business use. Most of us have used a self storage unit before or will do so at some point in our lives. There are all kinds of reasons for using self storage that include decluttering your home or storing belongings in the process of moving house. It can also be due to the fact that we simply have too much stuff to store in our homes.
But have you noticed that self storage can often be a feature in key scenes from Films and TV? Although it might seem like a fairly humdrum subject, self storage has actually been the backdrop for a number of major film and TV moments. We have selected some of our favourites.
This iconic psychological thriller contained a scene centred on a self storage unit, even way back in the early nineties. The film stars Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins and was adapted from a novel of the same name. It is notable for featuring the character of Dr Hannibal Lecter and gained widespread acclaim and success in the years after its release. In the film, a young US FBI trainee seeks the advice of the imprisoned Dr Lecter to apprehend another serial killer.
The scene that focuses on a storage unit plays a crucial role in the film. The FBI trainee decodes a cryptic message from Dr Lecter when he tells her to “look deep inside yourself” and realises he is referring to a ‘Your Self’ storage facility that he has rented. Inside the storage unit, there is a large amount of mannequins amongst other creepy items.
Even the wildly popular TV crime drama Breaking Bad featured self storage in the series. The much-loved show centres on the character of Walter White, a chemistry teacher that turns to the drug trade after being diagnosed with cancer. It has received huge critical acclaim and has been widely regarded as one of the greatest TV shows of all time. It has also received a large number of awards including 16 Primetime Emmy Awards.
There is a significant moment at the end of the series that features a self storage unit. Who would’ve thought self storage would play such a key part in a huge TV series? The scene comes in the mid-season finale in season 5. Walter White is confronted with a huge cash pile of the money from his drug empire that can’t be laundered quickly enough.
Much more light-hearted than the other crime dramas and thrillers on our list, Tom Hanks-directed film Larry Crowne also has a famous scene centred around self storage. The romantic comedy stars Tom Hanks himself, alongside Julia Roberts, and tells the story of a middle-aged man who loses his job unexpectedly and decides to go back into education. Although the film received mixed reviews it does feature a particular scene of interest.
Julia Robert’s character take Hanks’ to her storage unit so that she can get him some more fashionable clothing. The scene sees the pair arrive at a lock-up style storage facility in Los Angeles on a pair of scooters.
The comedy-drama follows four young women living in New York City and was created by Lena Dunham, who also stars in the series. Major aspects of the show are drawn from Dunham’s own life and experiences. The show has received critical acclaim for its raw nature, refreshing tone and a realistic portrayal of women. The fifth season of the series aired this year and it has been renewed for a sixth and final season due to air next year. You can watch the series on HBO or Amazon Prime.
One scene, in particular, stood out for us though and of course it's storage related. There is an episode that involves Lena Dunham sleeping on a couch within a storage unit. This comes about as she returns from dropping out of Grad School to find her stuff has been moved out.
Why would someone as eternally cool as James Bond need a storage unit? Self storage gets some publicity in the 23rd James Bond film, Skyfall, which is notable as being the first in the series that isn’t based on the series of books by Ian Fleming. It was well received by film critics and also become the highest grossing film of the franchise. Skyfall centres around Bond investigating an attack on MI6 with a large chunk of the filming taking place in the UK. It is also notable for the death of Judi Dench as M, a role that she had played in the previous 6 films.
A scene in the film sees Bond retrieve a classic Aston Martin DB5 from a storage unit. The car has featured regularly throughout the film series after first being featured in the 1964 film Goldfinger, starring Sean Connery as James Bond. We wonder if the car had been stored in the same unit for the last 52 years, and hope that MI5 had a good deal going with their storage provider!