Hollywood comes to Lowestoft

  4 July, 2019

Ormiston Denes Academy, which was selected as the flagship school to feature in world-renowned movie makers Danny Boyle and Richard Curtis’ latest film, Yesterday, hosted an exclusive red-carpet premiere in Lowestoft.

The school was used as the main location for the classroom scenes, with 70 students and staff members having the opportunity to star in the film alongside lead actress and movie star, Lily James. 

Students and staff had speaking parts and were also used as additional extras in a number of scenes outside of the school, including at Gorleston Beach and at a secret location in Bradwell.

To celebrate the worldwide release of the film and Ormiston Denes put Lowestoft on the movie-making map, and hosted an exclusive premiere at the East Coast Cinema on Friday 28 June. The 240-seat local cinema was packed full of staff, students and family members who featured in the film, with a red-carpet rolled out for their arrival.

Actress Lily James spent a number of days at the school earlier in the year, researching her part as a teacher and shadowing members of staff and observing lessons to get into character. As part of the opportunity, the students received a once-in-a-lifetime masterclass session from Danny Boyle himself, ahead of the filming.

Several students who feature in the film also attended the red-carpet film premiere at the world-famous Leicester Square, with an overnight stay in London. To see the glitz and glamour of the premiere watch this clip.

The academy has a high-quality performing arts faculty and the filming has provided students with the opportunity to showcase and stretch their talents, whilst experiencing life on set for a major film.

Check out the trailer for the film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6uqvgPm8U4c

Hannah Morris, Head of Performing Arts at Ormiston Denes Academy, said:

“We are delighted that Ormiston Denes Academy was selected as the feature school for this exciting film, and it has been such a fantastic experience for our students and the wider school community.

“Both students and staff have been hugely excited and inspired by the opportunity to see the work of two of the greats of British cinema close at hand and have really embraced every opportunity given to them.

“We are all incredibly excited to see the premiere of the film at the East Coast Cinema, with the school, students and staff members playing a starring role!”


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