Film makers head for old Sheffield school

Winner of leading actress and actor, Emily Watson and Dominic West at the Arqiva British Academy Television Awards 2012 at the Royal Festival Hall, London.
Winner of leading actress and actor, Emily Watson and Dominic West at the Arqiva British Academy Television Awards 2012 at the Royal Festival Hall, London.
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Filming of Vera Brittain’s powerful First World War memoir, Testament Of Youth, is due to take place next week in an old Sheffield school.

A crew will use part of the former Anns Grove School, which is now being given a new lease of life as Heeley Development Trust’s Sum Studios.

The film has an illustrious cast, and it is thought Emily Watson, who has appeared in The Book Thief and War Horse, will be taking part in a scene in old classrooms in the Hartley building, replicating a meeting hall in Oxford.

Also in the cast is Sheffield-born Dominic West, who is not expected to back in his home city.

Other parts of Sum Studios are to be used as a green room and dressing rooms.

Heeley Development Trust spent eight years negotiating to save the vandalised grade II listed buildings and raising £2.4m to start getting them back into use for creative, digital and technology companies and local artists. Grants are currently being sought to restore another two of the three Victorian buildings.

The production of Testament of Youth is being made by Heyday Films and BBC Films.

Matthew Conduit, of Sum Studios, said: “It’s great that the old school site at Anns Grove is being used to shoot a key scene from the Testament of Youth film. We’ve had a few film crews view the place in the last year or so, as they recognise the quality of the buildings and architecture - even when derelict. To be able to help out such a big production, and maximise the creative use of the site, is what Sum Studios is all about.”