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The Social Network immortalises Henley Royal Regatta
by Emma Midgley
BBC Berkshire reporter

Henley Regatta
Victoria City and Kingston celebrate winning the Grand Challenge Cup in 2008

A film which celebrates Henley Royal Regatta has won four awards at the Golden Globes in Los Angeles.

The Social Network, based on the story of Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg, features scenes filmed at the Regatta and the Leander Club in Berkshire.

Film makers Columbia Pictures staged a re-enactment of the victory by the Dutch crew Hollandia Roeiclub over Harvard University.

The two squads battled to win the final of The Grand Challenge Cup in 2004.

The Grand Challenge Cup is the main event for men's eights at Henley Royal Regatta.

In the film, losing the cup is the catalyst for identical twin brothers Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss to sue the Facebook founder.

The Harvard rowers claimed they invented Facebook, and fought a multi-million dollar court battle with their erstwhile colleague Mark Zuckerberg.

Henley Regatta
Thousands flock to Henley Regatta every year.

Sixteen rowers from the Leander Club in Henley appeared in the film, which topped the American box office and made £2.5m in Britain in its opening week.

Filming took place during the lunch interval and after the last race on the Sunday of the regatta in July 2010 and for six days at Dorney Lake, near Windsor.

Spectators cheering on the teams are also seen in the film.

The Henley Royal Regatta is an annual rowing event near the town of Henley-on-Thames, on the Berkshire/Oxfordshire border.

It has been running since 1839, and received Royal Patronage in 1851.

The film The Social Network has won best film drama at the Golden Globes, winning additional prizes for its direction, screenplay and music.




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