Jude Law film could generate positive PR for landscape sector

A new film featuring British actor Jude Law as a landscape architect should boost the industry's image.

Hopes are high that film star Jude Law will bring a touch of glamour to landscape architecture. The British star will adopt the profession in his latest film, Breaking and Entering — a move Landscape Institute (LI) director general Marion Bowman feels can only be positive PR for the industry. Bowman believes the film, due for a summer release, will introduce the profession to young people and “will put the words ‘landscape architecture’ on everyone’s lips”. She said: “It’s really exciting. We don’t expect too much technical accuracy but to have someone like Jude Law, one of the foremost contemporary British actors, representing the profession is clearly going to attract positive attention. “It will support our work to get young people involved by showing it is a dynamic career.” The LI played a pivotal role in the making of the film — it has been supplying information about the industry to researchers from Miramax Films since November 2004. LI library head Kate Lander said the researchers were particularly interested in urban regeneration and the projects to transform King’s Cross, where the film is set. They also asked how they should furnish the landscape office set. Researchers also spoke to landscape architect Martha Schwartz about the profession. Originally, the film’s hero was going to be an architect, but it was later decided he would be a landscape architect. The drama follows a break-in at Law’s office, which leads him to re-evaluate his life.

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