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William Booth Memorial College in Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

Date posted: 01.08.2008

William Booth Memorial College in Camberwell features in a key scene for recent London-shot production Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day. Frances Mc Dormand stars as Miss Pettigrew, a governess who ends up catapulted into the glamorous world and dizzying social whirl of an American actress and singer, Delysia Lafosse, played by Amy Adams.

'The script was very specific, it required both characters to be able to see each other as one went up the stairs and the other came down in the lift during the same scene. The reason we chose the William Booth College was it was one of the only old working caged lifts we found with glass windows to allow the interaction between the characters. The stairs that wrap around the lift also had wonderful art deco period features, which fitted the exact period of the film.' Emma Pill, Location Manager.

In the film, Miss Pettigrew soon learns that nightclub singer and socialite employer Delysia is seeing three men. In this particularly comic scene Delysia leaves her apartment with one lover, aware her other lover is coming up to the apartment via the stairs.

Emma describes the difficulties she faced whilst scouting; 'What we found in researching original cage lifts, is that there are not many left, most have now been replaced or remodelled, mainly on health and safety grounds, so it was lovely to find such a great visual location that was still in its original condition.'

Built between 1929-1932 by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott (the same architect to design Battersea Power Station and the Tate Modern), the large college campus is Grade II listed and covers approx 8.5 acres. The site also boasts a stunning entrance foyer with marble floor, stone walls, and a very ornate ceiling design, as well as a huge tower with views over the City and Docklands.

Emma adds: 'The staff at the college were very accommodating and I hope enjoyed the experience of having a film company on site.'

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day is currently on release.

To film at William Booth Memorial College please contact Lavish Locations on 020 8742 2992.

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