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Somerset House in Bride and Prejudice

Date posted: 01.10.2004

Somerset House forms the backdrop for one of the many beautifully shot sequences in Bride and Prejudice.

This colourful recent release (opens nationwide in cinemas on 8 October) puts an entirely different spin on Jane Austen's story of spirited courtship - Bollywood-style.

Music, dance and spectacle merge with love, vanity and social pressures, as director Gurinder Chadha transports the comic tale of a witty young woman trying to find a suitable husband to a cross-cultural setting that spans 21st century London, India and America.

Bride and Prejudice was shot at Somerset House in September 2003 - this unique London location is a beautiful 18th Century building with five wings, four of which are surrounded by a cobbled courtyard which features a dancing fountain illuminated by fibre optic lighting. 
 
The restored interiors and environs of Somerset House offer photographers and filmmakers a wide variety of interesting backdrops; elegant rooms, sweeping staircases, terraces, squares and all manner of interesting nooks and crannies. Many of the spaces are available for hire and Somerset House intends to launch an online search facility for locations in the near future.

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