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The Science Museum in Stormbreaker

Date posted: 01.07.2006

Alex Rider is the reluctant teenage spy introduced in 'Stormbreaker' - the first book in the best-selling series of his adventures created by novelist Anthony Horowitz. More than 10 million copies have been sold worldwide and now the action has been transferred to the big screen - catch Stormbreaker at a multiplex near you from 21 July.

Alex Pettyfer takes on the lead role of the 14-year-old orphan. The story begins in London, where he lives with his uncle, Ian Rider (Ewan McGregor). When Ian dies in mysterious circumstances Alex discovers that his guardian was an MI6 agent. It becomes apparent that Ian had spent many years training up this young man to follow on in his footsteps. The Head of MI6 Special Operations recognises Alex's combat and linguistic skills and immediately recruits him.

This action adventure has an irresistible storyline and a strong cast, with Mickey Rourke, Stephen Fry, and Andy Serkis all featuring in the impressive line-up.

The first mission that Alex undertakes sees him travelling across the capital to many landmark locations. The finale of the film features several scenes set in the Science Museum - an iconic London building and our location of the month for July.

Established in the Nineteenth Century the Science Museum is a national archive. This institution specialises in the history of science, industry and technology. A wide variety of galleries and other interesting spaces, such as the Director's Suite, are available for use.

The Science Museum Events Department rose to the challenge of accommodating such an extensive shooting sequence - the Stormbreaker crew moved in to use the 'Making the Modern World' area over four days. Considerations such as protecting the collections and ensuring public safety were key to the shoot. With a strong collaboration between the events team and the film crew the scenes were in the can with minimum disruption and maximum effect.

"The crew were a great team to work with and we proved that with some careful planning this sort of activity is viable within the Museum environment. We are able to be flexible in some cases regarding access and timings. We also have such an array of galleries and spaces that we do have an excellent catalogue of film locations to offer." Science Museum Events Department 

Based on the first Alex Rider book in a series of six, Stormbreaker may mark the beginning of a brand new film franchise.

The locations team at Film London helped achieve some of the London-shot sequences - look out for a mention of Film London in the closing credits! 

Find out more about the Science Museum. The Science Museum Events Department can be contacted on 020 7942 4340.

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