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Parliament Hill Lido in One Day

Date posted: 01.08.2011

On the back of the success of London-shot An Education, director Lone Sherfig's next project is One Day. Starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess the film, which was partly shot on location in the capital, is based on David Nicholls' best-selling book of the same name and in cinemas from Wednesday 24 August.

A bittersweet love story about friendship and growing up, One Day follows Emma (Hathaway) and Dexter (Sturgess) after they meet at their graduation ceremony in 1988. The film then charts the course of their relationship over the next 20 years, focusing on events that transpire on that one memorable day.

One Day
shot for 49 days on location in London including at the Parliament Hill Lido. Location Manager Jonah Coombes recalls securing the location required some negotiation, explaining that it can be "a challenge to marry filming with a busy public place, especially when there are so many enthusiasts regularly using a facility such as this".

Together with the Supervisor of the Lido, Paul Jeal, a workable timetable for the production which involved an early start and being clear from the location by lunchtime.

Although the Lido was keen to accommodate the filming they also had to keep their regular patrons happy. Jeal explains that they successfully compensated for any disruption experienced by their regular early morning swimmers by offering each of them a signed copy of the book. "David Nicholls came down on the day of the shoot to sign and hand out copies".

Filming at the Lido went smoothly despite the cool weather meaning the pool temperature was down to 18C. Jeal noted "for someone not acclimatised to such cold water Anne Hathaway did extremely well to spend so long getting in and out of the pool. A true professional".

Coombes added that filming at the Lido "was a great success and it looks great up on the big screen - the ultimate payoff for all the hard work".

The Parliament Hill Lido was built in 1938 and is a fine example of art deco architecture from that period. Grade 2 listed, the freshwater pool sits on the south side of Hampstead Heath with a car park in front and over 800 acres of green open space behind.

Originally costing £34,000 to construct, the 60 meters by 20 meter pool, was the most expensive of the 13 lidos built in London between 1920-39. A more recent refurbishment conducted in 2005 saw a stainless steel liner installed which gives the pool a distinctive metallic appearance, reflecting light like no other outdoor pool in London.

For filming enquiries contact Richard O'Mahony on richard.o'mahony@cityoflondon.gov.uk / 07769 931 311.

 

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