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Student residence taken over by Film Crew

An architecturally significant building used as accommodation for students at the University of St Andrews has been chosen as a film location for a new film starring Keira Knightley.

Andrew Melville Hall, designed by renowned architect James Stirling and built in the 1960’s, was the location of choice for the film-makers behind an adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go.  Used for one day only in June, the Hall was renamed ‘Dover Recovery Centre’, recreating the novel’s recovery centre for organ donor patients.

Film extras, playing doctors, nurses and patients, were filmed strolling around the grounds of the building.  Filming involved a cast and crew of around thirty waiting for darkness to descend on the North Haugh on the edge of St Andrews.  Three scenes were filmed over a period of twelve hours.

The rest of the film, directed by Mark Romanek and also starring Charlotte Rampling, was shot in Norfolk.

The sci-fi drama, based on the book by St Andrews honorary graduate Kazuo Ishiguro and co-produced by Alex Garland, will be released in 2010.

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NOTE TO PICTURE EDITORS:

IMAGES OF ANDREW MELVILLE HALL BOTH PRIOR TO AND DURING FILMING ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE PRESS OFFICE – CONTACTS BELOW.

 Issued by the Press Office, University of St Andrews

Contact Gayle Cook, Senior Press Officer on 01334 467227 / 462529, mobile 07900 050 103, or email gec3@st-andrews.ac.uk
Ref:  AMH filming 270709
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