500 Years of History, 10,000 Budding Filmmakers!

500 Years of History, 10,000 Budding Filmmakers!


13 October 2015

Hampton Court Palace’s 500th anniversary film - ‘Royals, Rascals and us’ - to premiere at the palace this autumn


Historic Royal Palaces is delighted to announce that, after a year’s worth of celebrations, and with the help of over 10,000 young visitors, Hampton Court Palace’s 500th anniversary film is set to make its debut this October.  Aardman Animations are putting the finishing touches to ‘Royals, Rascals and us: 500 years of Hampton Court Palace’ – and it will be showing every day at the palace this October half-term, so visitors and participants in the project can see their work on the big screen!

The culmination of Hampton Court Palace’s ‘Movie Maker Mission’ project, which began in 2014, ‘Royals, Rascals and us’ is a 5 minute long child’s eye view of the palace’s 500 year history.  Thousands of families and school groups have contributed drawings to the film throughout 2015, and Aardman Animations have put together a typically hilarious take on some of the palace’s best known personalities: from King Henry VIII and Cardinal Wolsey, right through Sir Bradley Wiggins, who famously won Olympic gold there in 2012.

Whilst thousands of budding young illustrators and animators have been busy making the pictures, a host of local talent have contributed to the soundtrack.  Thames Youth Orchestra, the palace’s very own Chapel Royal Choir and students from Kingston College provided the memorable music.  Local young people and families worked with a professional Foley artist to create some of the sound effects.  The script was improvised and performed by children from local primary school, St John the Baptist.

Alison Lightbown, Head of Explorer Programmes at the palace, said: ‘At the beginning of 2015, we aimed to get 5,000 young people to help us make our 500th anniversary film, so to be finishing the project with a staggering 10,000 participants is a fantastic achievement.  We’re thrilled with ‘Royals, Rascals and us’, and we can’t wait to share it with all of the talented young visitors who helped us make it!’

‘Royals, Rascals and us’ will be shown daily throughout October half-term in the palace’s historic Base Court, in a special 360 degree igloo cinema.  A special trail and storytelling sessions will be running throughout the holiday to illuminate some of the stories told in the film.  Following the film’s premiere, it is set to appear in Picturehouse cinemas across the country this autumn!

To find out more about the Movie Maker Mission project, visit moviemaker.hrp.org.uk

Notes to Editors

For more information and images, please contact Laura Hutchinson or Adam Budhram in the Historic Royal Palaces Press Office: 020 3166 6166 or press@hrp.org.uk

Historic Royal Palaces is the independent charity that looks after the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, the Banqueting House, Kensington Palace,  Kew Palace and Hillsborough Castle.  We help everyone explore the story of how monarchs and people have shaped society, in some of the greatest palaces ever built. We raise all our own funds and depend on the support of our visitors, members, donors, sponsors and volunteers. These palaces are owned by The Queen on behalf of the nation, and we manage them for the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (with the exception of Hillsborough Castle).  Registered charity number 1068852. For more information, visit hrp.org.uk 

Learning and Engagement at Historic Royal Palaces is expanding with a new programme that aims to enable the widest possible audience to discover, explore and enjoy the stories of the palaces. The new approach is making learning even more central to how all audiences experience the royal palaces - onsite, offsite and online. (www.hrp.org.uk/learning)

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