Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Film Sculptor Wows Wonka Fans

Children in Year 3 at Sacred Heart School have been reading Roald Dahl’s classic book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Hannah Wilson whose son is in this class thought that the film sculptor, Bruce Gordon (who she had recently got to know through her sister) and who had worked on the Charlie and the Chocolate film would be a fantastic visitor to inspire the children, particularly those who find reading and writing a challenge.

The children were shown a slide show of all the sets and props Bruce had worked on which included the outside of Willy Wonka’s factory, the famous Chocolate Room and several other interiors. The Chocolate Room was one of the largest projects in polystyrene for many years filling the 007 stage at Pinewood Studios, 2,500 blocks of poly were used to create the set. He also brought in a plaster cast of the wooden horse model he had made from the film Troy.

Bruce from Brightwell-cum-Sotwell started his career as a wood turner before building sets for theme parks. He got his big break as a film sculptor for the computer game adaptation Lara Croft: Tomb Raider in 2001. He has since worked on many blockbuster films including Harry Potter and the Philospher’s Stone, the Da Vinci Code and he built the original Batmobile model for the 2005 Batman Begins film.

He would now like to produce more of his own work which includes his limited edition bronze sculptures and he hopes to hold an exhibition soon to show these. For more information on Bruce go to

“I think Bruce’s talk gave the children a real understanding of what’s involved in making films and he explained that his hard work using his creative talents had given him these amazing opportunities. I was amazed at the amount of different questions the children asked.” said Hannah.

A great inspirational news story…one that I’m sure that Roald Dahl would have been delighted to read about.

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