Greenwich featured in blockbuster movie
By poppy_smith | Friday, January 11, 2013, 20:06
The historic setting of the university's Greenwich Campus can be seen on screen from today in the forthcoming film version of the musical Les Misérables.
The grand baroque buildings of the Old Royal Naval College, where the university has its largest campus, are the location for some of the film's pivotal scences, starring Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway. The lawns of Grand Square have been transformed into a revolutionary scene from the 1832 Paris uprising, including giant barricades topped by the French tricolour.
Les Misérables has been a huge draw in theatres for 27 years and the film version has been overseen by the Academy Award-winning director, Tom Hooper.
The Greenwich Foundation runs the Old Royal Naval College (ORNC), one of the most important groups of historic buildings in London and the centrepiece of the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site.
Photo caption: Scene from Les Misérables with Queen Anne Court, home to the university's Business School in the background, filmed at the Old Royal Naval College. Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures.