Hello, Annette:name='ANNETTE MASTERS']Does anyone know where the shot near the end of the film , of the school having been bombed is located . Thanks Annette
Let me take a moment first to say that I was happy to see Ian Bannen replace Trevor Howard as the grandfather in Hope and Glory. Bannen was glorious in the role and a delightful scene stealer throughout.
But to your question on the location of the school. Based on comments from imdb, which I can't verify, yet they ring true, I wonder if the bombed schoolhouse wasn't part of the set built at the then closed down Wisley Airfield in Surrey.
Hope this helps,
From an interview with fire and explosion film expert Alan Sutton (FUFS - Company Profile):
When asked, "What about the risk factor?" Sutton said, ``It's as dangerous as you want it to be. I nearly got killed on the job in England. It was a John Boorman movie, "Hope And Glory." They built a house on an old airfield. When they were burning the upstairs, there were 2 of us upstairs ready to put the fire out. The effects did it four times. Boorman said, `Not enough glow in the fire.' They added naphthalene, and it burned the roof around our heads.''
And the following comment from someone "who worked on the film" which reinforces the above information:
"Billy's Rosehill Avenue was entirely a set, built on the disused RAF wartime airfield at Wisley in Surrey. The set was so good, thanks to the brilliance of Boorman and Tony Pratt, the production designer, that we lost our Oscar to Woody Allen's Radio Days (who used actual exterior locales) because our set looked 'merely' and convincingly real. Boorman's cleverness was in building two identical houses for Billy, one at either end of the street. This gave us the opportunity to shoot in both directions, with the house in foreground in each case, which effectively made Rosehill Avenue twice as long.
"Another peculiar fact was that the snow and frost scenes were all shot in high summer, in August, and again were so convincing that one felt quite chilly walking through the house from full summer on one side into the dead of winter on the other. This is no exaggeration.
"The riverside locations and Grandad's house (another set) were shot along the riverbank near Shepperton Lock. [between Surrey and Middlesex]
"The interior of the cinema was the beautiful old art-deco cinema in Henley, during which the campaign to save it - led by George Harrison (who came to visit us)- was in full flow. Unfortunately, the campaigners lost and the cinema was eventually pulled down - probably replaced by a supermarket.
"The end sequence on a particularly beautiful stretch of the river at Monkey Island, near Bray. "