Filmmaking on a grand scale as Radcliffe Square is transformed into a pre-war vision of Vera Brittain’s ‘A Testament of Youth’. The scene centred on Alicia Vikander (playing the lead) arm-in-arm with Joanna Scanlan, a regular on British television screens, walking past All Souls College, surrounded by an army of extras and vintage vehicles. It beats Lewis.
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I stumbled across the filming of ‘Testament of Youth’ in Oxford. Lots of crew, lots of expensive equipment, and huge pangs of job envy. I managed to spot Alicia Vikander on set too – who is starring as Vera Brittain in the BBC Films production of the author’s First World War novel. I was smitten with Vikander after having seen her in ‘A Royal Affair’, so watching her filming was an unexpected delight.
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