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Ashmole Academy in Kick-Ass 2

Date posted: 01.08.2013

Kick-Ass (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Hit-Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) return to UK cinemas on 16 August as they resume their pursuit for justice with a new team of self-made superheroes in Kick-Ass 2.  In collaboration with the first film's director (now co-producer) Matthew Vaughn, Never Back Down director Jeff Wadlow brings extra action and laughs to the halls of London's own Ashmole Academy.

After losing her father and having her Hit-Girl cover blown, Mindy (Moretz) is forced to hang up her spandex and purple wig to attend high school as a "normal" teenager. As she struggles to give up her past, Dave (Johnson) continues to patrol the street as Kick- Ass alone until he joins forces with the group Justice Forever, led by Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey). 

When super-villain Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) returns with vengeance under a new identity and with new accomplices, Mindy can no longer aimlessly sit in class and rejoins her old partner to take him down.

Situated on Cecil Road in the east end of Barnet, Ashmole Academy is an easily accessible location that is spacious enough to accommodate trailers, large production crews and their equipment. In addition to this, strong interest for the location was generated from the generic look of the main building, whose wide corridors, American style lockers and main staircase proved to be an ideal double for a New York high school.

"All the prep, shoot and strike took place during the half term break and over an additional weekend and I believe that without the tenacious support of Sue Wilmott and Gary Hanscomb at the School we would have struggled to complete the shoot in time," explains Location Manager, Andrew Buckley. "Wilmott understood the demands of a shoot of this size and was comfortable in dealing with any requests we had. This was executed with little impact to the school and where possible to the out of school clubs that uses the many facilities on site."

Ashmole Academy's Sue Willmott was equally satisfied with the shoot, which involved the school community. "There was a great buzz in the school in the weeks leading up to the shoot particularly as around 100 of our older students and five members of staff were involved as extras and our A-level Art students created work specially for use in the film."

With 24 acres of wooded land, three buildings and excellent modern facilities - including an assembly hall, drama studio, sports hall, gymnasium, Astroturf and grass football pitches - the prestigious foundation school is appealing to all types of production. Recently it has entertained everything from a Jamie Oliver Sainsbury's Commercial to a pop promo of Moone Boy and photographys shoot for fashion retailer New Look.

For filming enquiries at Ashmole Academy - please contact Sue Willmott, Head of Administration, Ashmole Academy: / 020 8361 2703.

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