Annual Fund Archive

Filming with Alastair Sooke at The Courtauld – behind the scenes

You may well have heard in the papers in March that a certain Hollywood film star was filming his new movie around Somerset House, which involved landing a helicopter in the Courtyard!

What you might not have heard about is that other less dramatic but no less exciting filming was happening in The Courtauld at the same time.

This year we decided to make a film to promote the Annual Fund and we were delighted that Courtauld alumnus and Art Critic Alastair Sooke was able to play a starring role.

Filming took place over two days in March, and involved extensive filming in the Gallery, the lecture theatre, the Prints and Drawings room and the libraries.

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We were also able to drop in on students on our MA Curating the Art Museum course, who were busy preparing for their summer exhibition in the Gallery.

The shoot ended with filming at our lovely Scholarship Reception, where donors mingled with the scholars who have benefited from their generous support.

Our thanks go out to Alastair for giving his time so generously and allowing us to follow him round the Gallery for several hours, and to all those students and staff who made the film possible.

The 2015 Annual Fund campaign has now begun and we need your help! The Courtauld is a charity and the money raised for the Annual Fund supports The Courtauld’s core day to day work. Last year we raised a fantastic £107,942 but this year we are aiming to beat this total. With your help, we can and will achieve so much more.

Watch the film and donate to the Annual Fund