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Royal Pavilion & Museums on screen 2019

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Over half a million people visit our museums every year. But this year, many more will enjoy our buildings and collections without realising what they are seeing.

Here are two upcoming screen productions that show how Royal Pavilion & Museums help film makers tell their stories.

The Current War

Movie fans need to keep their eyes peeled when they watch the new Benedict Cumberbatch film The Current War. Scenes from the new film were filmed at the Royal Pavilion in the winter of 2017 with top Hollywood stars, a zebra and llamas.

The Current War is set in 1800s America and follows the battle between Thomas Edison (Benedict Cumberbatch) and George Westinghouse (Michael Shannon) to light up America. The production also stars Nicholas Hoult, Matthew McFadyen, Tuppence Middleton and the current Spiderman Tom Holland.

The Royal Pavilion was used as a location to represent the World Trade Fair in Chicago, 1893 which features in the final scenes of the film. The building was closed to the public for four days in February as filming took place in the Banqueting Room, Long Gallery and the Music Room. They also filmed in the gardens with a zebra and llama, horses, and lots of extras.

You can catch a brief glimpse of the Banqueting Room 31 seconds into the trailer below.

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The Current War is released in UK cinemas on 26 July 2019.

His Dark Materials

Our Natural Science collections have helped the BBC bring Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy of novels to the screen.

The production team digitised a hare in our collection, and transformed it into an animated character for the upcoming TV series.

The hare can be seen hopping along at 1m 39 seconds in the trailer below.

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His Dark Materials will be released later this year.