Lights, camera, action!

Hollywood came to campus earlier this week, when a film crew arrived to shoot scenes around the Great Hall for a new feature film The Hunter’s Prayer.

The film, an adaptation of the Kevin Wignall novel For the Dogs, tells the story of a solitary assassin who agrees to help a young college girl exact revenge on those who killed her parents.  The Great Hall Porter’s Lodge was filmed under the guise of a Swiss police station, whilst Devonshire Hall was used as a location for a Swiss boarding school.

The filming was facilitated by Commercial Services, Residential Services and the Estates team, who helped ensure disruption was kept to a minimum and that the filming ran according to plan.

“This really was cross-departmental team work at its best.  We must thank all the individuals for their advice, and their actions in ensuring that the filming went smoothly.  We tried where possible to minimise any inconvenience to our students, staff and visitors, and thank them for their patience,” says Harriet Boatwright from the MeetinLeeds team. “The University, although not explicitly mentioned in the film, will now well and truly be placed on the world stage!”

It’s expected that the film, which stars Sam Worthington of Avatar fame and is being directed by Terminator 3’s John Mostow, will be released in June 2015.

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