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Filming Pat Keeling – A life In Modelling

Last Sunday was the filming workshop for the Pat Keeling film – titled A Life In Modelling.

It was a completely different session to what we have been used to as it as all based at Pat’s Modelling Agency office in Leicester.

We had 2 volunteers helping us with the setting up, filming and photography for the day and the session went really well. Whereas with the Alice Hawkins project being based at numerous locations, this was a more intimate session just in one room.

It will be interesting to see the difference in styles of the 2 films once they are both completed.

Pat was a natural in front of the camera, very calm and answering all the questions that Kitty the volunteer asked her in a precise and warm manner.

Next step in the process is the editing of the film followed by colouring, sound and final output.

Check out the photos below from the session:

Pat Keeling Filming 1

Pat Keeling Filming 2

Pat Keeling Filming 3

Pat Keeling Filming 4

Pat Keeling Filming 5


Pat Keeling

Pat Keeling - 1972Pat’s first association with modelling was in 1969 when she took a modelling course with Kathy Parker Agency based in Leicester. 
She was inspired to pursue a career as a model.  At the time Leicester was at its peak in the hosiery industry and because she had a good pair of legs she ended up on the cover of packs of tights and stockings, Pretty Polly, Elle, Christian Dior.  Things really took off when she became the BBC Golden Girl in 1972, and this opened many doors for radio, TV and personal appearances.  The next few years took her on many fabulous assignments.

Realising that a model’s life is limited, she started the Pat Keeling Model Agency in 1977 while still taking on her own modelling assignments.

The agency’s reputation for professionalism and excellence grew.  Fantastic fashion shows were produced for the Leicester Mercury throughout the 1980’s and 1990’s.  The agency choreographed and produced shows for Next Plc, John Lewis, BHS, Mothercare, Asda, Adams Childrenswear, Tesco, Matalan and The Clothes Show Live, to name but a few.


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