The Ballroom at Grosvenor House in Last Chance Harvey
Date posted: 01.06.2009
Academy Award winners Dustin Hoffman (Rain Man) and Emma Thompson (sense and Sensibility) reunite in Last Chance Harvey, a heartfelt liaison that celebrates new beginnings - at any age. Written and directed by Joel Hopkins, this London-set romantic comedy used locations across the city - from Green Park to Maida Vale - as well as the ballroom of the historic Grosvenor House, A JW Marriott Hotel, in Mayfair.
Last Chance Harvey follows the story of a downtrodden and frustrated musician from New York. Harvey Shine (Dustin Hoffman) travels to London to see his daughter get married and meets Kate Walker (Emma Thompson) en route. As a visitor to London he takes instant comfort in his new found companion and rashly invites her to the wedding.
The ballroom of Grosvenor House, A JW Marriott Hotel, was used for the wedding reception. It worked well on all fronts as the key Second Assistant Director, Lance Roehrig, explained: 'The location serviced the script brilliantly. It was a very pleasant experience as we had the whole cast and crowd based out of the hotel with make-up, costume and green rooms, so we didn't waste any valuable filming time having to travel back to a unit base.'
Charlie Somers, Location Manager for the film, commented: 'Filming at the Grosvenor House Hotel for Last Chance Harvey was made incredibly easy thanks to the enthusiasm, support and hard work of Alison Simmons and her team. We ended up filming for over a week in the ballroom, as well as using various stairwells and corridors. We also shot a major night exterior involving over 250 cast and crew members, which meant closing the main entrance courtyard and foyer for most of the day. All our needs were looked after, from green rooms to technical support.'
Since its opening in 1929, Grosvenor House, A JW Marriott Hotel, has been frequented by celebrities, royalty and business leaders. Overlooking Park Lane and Hyde Park the hotel offers a traditional British elegance - from its lobby and bedrooms, through to its restaurants, conference rooms and ballroom.
Alison Simmons, Senior Sales Manager for Entertainment & Sport at Grosvenor House, described the experience: 'Access to the ballroom was always going to be fairly easy and once everything was inside the transformation of the room began. It was breathtaking - tiny pea lights hung around the walls, with fabulous flower arrangements on tables and in the room. They even built a fake elevator in the lobby of the ballroom, which looked like the real deal.
'Overall, it was a great experience for hotel associates, guests and I am pretty sure for the crew as well. We received no guest complaints, the crew were friendly, helpful and always conscious they were in a five star, working hotel. Hopefully this won't be Grosvenor House's 'last chance' to have a film shot in the hotel!'
For filming enquiries at the Grosvenor House Hotel please call Alison Simmons, Senior Sales Manager for Entertainment & Sport, on 020 7399 8183 / 07900 950 022 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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