May 2014


The Old Royal Naval College has been described as “perhaps the most popular movie location in the world” by Empire, the film industry bible. Over the last 15 years it has been the backdrop to over 150 films and TV programmes from blockbuster movies to the BBC’s Great British Olympic Menu. ORNC goes to the Movies, a display of photographs, posters and other ephemera associated with the site’s role as a movie location, will be on show in the gallery at Discover Greenwich from 24 May 2014 – 27 July 2014.

The earliest known movie shot on the site, when it was still the Royal Naval Officers College was Indiscreet, Stanley Donen’s film starring Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman in which a ball scene was filmed in the Painted Hall, with the most recent including Frankenstein which is due for release in 2015. To mark the launch of the exhibition the ORNC has released the first in a series of “behind the scenes” videos giving an insight into why Sir Christopher Wren’s twin domed riverside masterpiece is such a draw for directors, producers and location managers. Location Manager for Frankenstein, Nick Oliver, talks about the challenges faced in finding the many different sites needed for a movie and explains why the ORNC is such an attractive place to film. 

 The display is an ideal end to the ORNC’s a Lights Camera Action! movie tour whicb offers the chance to see the various places where movies from, Pirates of The Caribbean to Sherlock Holmes, the Iron Lady, Les Miserables, Skyfall, Thor, Muppets Most Wanted, the soon to be released Belle and more were made, and to hear more about the behind the scenes experiences when the films were being made.

For full list of Movies and TV dramas filmed at the ORNC
ORNC goes to the Movies runs in the gallery at Discover Greenwich from 24 May - 27 July 2014 (entry free).
Lights Camera Action!  Tours run every Friday and Saturday at 2pm Price £6. 



Get up close: Interview with Frankenstein Location Manager at the ORNC by Old Royal Naval College


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