Spotlight on … production in the East

Spotlight on … production in the East

As a major period feature film heads to shoot in Norfolk, we thought it a good time to take a look at current and recent production activity in the east of England.

Norwich Cathedral

The much-anticipated period feature Tulip Fever from Ruby Film & Television and The Weinstein Company is heading to Norfolk for a week’s shooting in the beautiful county, with specific locations including the north coast and historic Norwich cathedral.

Justin Chadwick directs a dizzying line up of rising and established talent, including Alicia Vikander, Judi Dench, Dane DeHaan, Christoph Waltz, Zach Galifianakis, Jack O’Connell, Matthew Morrison, Holliday Grainger, Cara Delevingne and Cressida Bonas.

The feature is adapted from the novel by Deborah Moggach, which is set in 17th century Amsterdam – a time when the tulip bulb market was lucrative and powerful – and centres on a Renaissance love triangle between a married woman and the artist hired to paint her portrait.

Remaining in Norwich – but leaping forward several hundred years –  and we have The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Marvel’s spangly superheroes are also due to be in the historic city of Norwich on Friday 13 June for just one day’s shooting at the University of East Anglia.

Turning to TV, Mackenzie Crook’s new comedy, Detectorists, is currently in production in Suffolk, Norfolk and Essex. Crook has written the six-part comedy which centres on a wannabe archaeologist obsessed with metal detecting – being an aficionado himself in real life. He also stars in the production with Toby Jones, Rachael Stirling, Aimee Ffion-Edwards and Lucy Benjamin. Adam Tandy produces the show which is from Channel X and Lola Entertainment for BBC Four.

And with about another four weeks left to shoot, there’s also ITV’s six-part drama Grantchester which has been filming in and around Cambridge and of course in Grantchester itself.

Set in 1953, the series is based on James Runcie’s novel Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death. James Norton stars as the protagonist Chambers, a charismatic clergyman who turns amateur sleuth. Robson Green plays Inspector Geordie Keating.

Tom Courtenay            Charlotte Rampling

Back to film and the recently completed feature 45 Years which finished filming in the Norwich area in late May. Seasoned screen and stage actors Tom Courtenay and Charlotte Rampling play a couple dealing with the complications that arise in the days leading up to their 45th wedding anniversary party.

Andrew Haigh directed the film from his own screenplay; unusually, the project is adapted from a short story by poet David Constantine.

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