(HOLLYWOOD REPORTER) — A Catholic boys’ school finds itself the subject of unwanted scrutiny after refusing to let Freeheld — a film in which Julianne Moore and Ellen Page play a lesbian couple — shoot on its campus.
As first reported by BuzzFeed, a location manager had picked out Salesian High School in New Rochelle, New York, for a key scene in the fact-based movie, based on the 2007 documentary of the same name.
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The location manager described the plot of the civil rights drama to school staffers, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Those staffers then allowed the scout to shoot still photos of the building.
In the scene in question, Moore’s character, a New Jersey police detective with terminal cancer, applies for a domestic partnership with her partner (Page) in order to pass on her pension legally after her death. The school was to stand in for the town hall of Ocean County, New Jersey.