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Bradford Council Interrupt Helen Mirren Film Shoot With Budget Meeting

The Dame has been filming "The Duke" in City Hall.

The varied life of Bradford City Hall was highlighted this morning as school budgets were being decided in one room while a Helen Mirren film was being shot in another.

Crews are currently based in City Hall for filming of The Duke, an art heist film based in the 1960s and starring Helen Mirren and Jim Broadbent.

And today, amidst the filming, heads from local schools met in on one of the hall’s committee rooms to plan the budgets for Bradford’s schools for 2020/21.

The Bradford Schools Forum met at 8am in Committee Room 1, one of the hall’s buildings that has remained virtually untouched for decades, and has been used to film other period pieces such as the ABC Murders.

At the same time, many City Hall rooms, including the grand Banqueting Hall, were being used for filming.

Dianne Richardson, chair, started the meeting by jokingly saying: “To highlight how important this meeting is, Dame Helen Mirren has been asked to stop filming in here today so we can hold this meeting.”

A few minutes into the meeting, a huge spotlight emerged at the window to the committee room, temporarily blinding the side of the room facing the window before the curtains were drawn.

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