Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Council criticised for permitting ‘Heartstopper’ to movie at “insufficient” college

Buckinghamshire Council has been criticised after a closed “insufficient” college was used as a filming location for Netflix collection Heartstopper.

Burnham Park Academy close to Slough was closed in 2019 following an Ofsted inspection which dominated the college “insufficient”, inflicting the college to shut and college students be despatched to different colleges.

In accordance with the BBC, Buckinghamshire Council was reportedly paid £434,494 after the college was used as a filming location for Heartstopper, bringing about criticism from some residents.

Marie Hammon, a chairperson of Burnham Parish Council mentioned that the college’s closure has left the group “uncared for, remoted and deserted”.

She additionally mentioned: “I’m astonished due to this fact that the council are making greater than £400,000 from filming on the college.”

Heartstopper
Manufacturing nonetheless picture from ‘Heartstopper’ CREDIT: Netflix

John Chilver, cupboard member for assets on the Buckinghamshire Council mentioned to the Native Democracy Reporting Service: “For the reason that [school] closure… a small variety of advert hoc filming alternatives have taken place on the location requiring quick time period licences.”

He added: “The earnings comprised of these filming alternatives is used to offset the continuing emptiness and safety prices on the web site, no revenue is being made.”

The hit Netflix collection – which launched its second season final 12 months – is a coming-of-age romantic comedy-drama specializing in the friendships and relationships of secondary college college students on the fictional Truham Grammar College. Lots of the present’s main scenes in season one are set on the college, and a few have been filmed at Burnham Park Academy.

In a four-star evaluate of season two, NME wrote: “[Alice] Oseman conceived Heartstopper as a constructive queer story to reassure children that all the things could be OK, so something with the potential for drama tends to be instantly resolved by the characters having an emotionally-literate dialog, which might really feel like watching an motion movie the place the hero finds a bomb and, nicely, defuses it by chopping the proper wire immediately, with no tense music or drop of sweat expended.”

“It’s the form of present you recognize will make folks really feel much less alone; pure bottled pleasure and a restorative tonic in these turbulent occasions.”

In Might final 12 months, Netflix introduced that the present had been renewed for 2 extra seasons.


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