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School children given glimpse of Brad Pitt’s film set in Southwark

Published Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Lucky students from Walworth Academy on the Heygate Estate, the set of Brad Pitt's movie 'World War Z'. From left to right: Jordan Charlesworth, Emma Clancy, Philip Ofori-Amoyaw, Suhana Akthar, Miss Julia Kibela (teacher), Juan Lopez, Nadia Pontes, Fiona

Hollywood magic descended on a London council estate when filming for Brad Pitt's forthcoming blockbuster World War Z moved to Southwark last week.

Six lucky pupils from Walworth Academy were given the opportunity to have an exclusive tour and gain first hand experience of working on the film set on the Heygate Estate on Friday evening. 

The visit was made possible following negotiations with Southwark Council and the film's producers who have also agreed that once the film is released next year there will be a special viewing for Southwark residents.  

Brad Pitt was being filmed on the estate running away from zombies that have taken over the planet.  

Devon Hanson, principal of Walworth Academy, said: 

"Being granted the amazing opportunity of seeing the filming production process for a major movie, was not only exciting for the selected students from Walworth Academy , but it was also extremely beneficial and rewarding for them. They were provided with the opportunity to visit all the departments on the set from makeup to lighting and made most of securing contacts through proactive networking."  

Accompanying the students were Fiona Colley, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Council Leader Peter John 

Councillor John added:

"The filming was a wonderful experience for these local school children who got to see the set of a major Hollywood blockbuster on their doorstep.  The regeneration of this area will create a new and exciting part of London , and it was great that we were able to offer the empty estate as a location before work begins in earnest on its regeneration."  

Built in the 1970s, the Heygate Estate was once home to more than 3,000 people. Virtually all of its residents have been rehoused and now only 11 dwellings are still occupied.  

Over the next year, the entire estate will be knocked down as part of a 15-year, £1.5bn regeneration of Elephant and Castle that will create 5,300 new homes, shops, and public spaces.  

More recently it was the location for the Michael Caine film Harry Brown.

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