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Movie shot at Roger Bacon H.S.

BY TONI CASHNELLI

September 28, we heard that a film crew had taken over Roger Bacon High School the previous day. Problem was, we couldn’t tell anyone.

That’s because Bacon signed a confidentiality agreement with the makers of the movie, The Killing of a Sacred Deer. On Sept. 27, classes were canceled and a caravan of trailers took over the parking lot for the day. The production was shrouded in secrecy: No pictures were permitted and the news could not be leaked in case reshooting was required.

The next day we talked to Brandon Cowans, Director of Admissions and Communications, about what went on. "They were here the whole day, starting at 4:45 a.m., until probably 8 at night," he said. "They were great to work with." Brandon, a student and the guidance director were asked to be extras in the movie (no friars are onscreen). Irish actor Colin Farrell was in several scenes shot on campus. "A scene where a girl faints in choir was shot in the new theater," Brandon said.

Shooting on the movie, directed by Yorgos Lanthimos and also starring Nicole Kidman and Alicia Silverstone, wrapped Oct. 7. This week Bacon got the all-clear and was finally able to share the news with the public. According to Brandon, "It’s a psychological thriller. The premise is that Colin Farrell is a cardiac surgeon who loses a patient on the operating table. He befriends a young boy whose father was the patient."

The film crew scouted two other locations and contacted Roger Bacon with news of the school’s selection this summer. No word on when The Killing of a Sacred Deer will show up in theaters. Like everyone else at Bacon, Brandon is excited about the film’s release. "I think it’ll be neat to see."

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