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Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence: FILMING AT WANGANUI COLLEGE

Filming on the New Zealand mainland took place at Waganui Collegiate - an independent, coeducational, day and boarding secondary school near the south end of NZ's North Island.

A notable element is the 'big building' which was architecturally perfect in depicting Cellier's 1920s-era education.


Above: Historic image of Wanganui Collegiate - 1912. Right: Location of Wanganui, the city.




The specific scenes were 'flash backs' to Cellier's childhood in which a 35 year old Bowie portrayed a 17 year old school boy!