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Sunday, 27 October 2013

Far from the Madding Crowd ...

... came to Sherborne.
BBC Films are filming a new adaptation of 
the 1874 Thomas Hardy novel.
Starring Carey Mulligan as Bathsheba Everdeen, 
Tom Sturridge as her husband Seargeant Troy
and Michael Sheen as the spurned Mr Boldwood.
The shops and streets surrounding the Abbey were transformed
with Victorian frontages and period props.
The grass in front of the Abbey replaced with grit,
the pavements muddied.
Old posters covered modern notices.
Shop fronts transformed.
Red telephone boxes hidden.
Brightly coloured doors replaced with drab brown ...
Look closely below ... 
all the coloured window frames covered with brown tape ...
and upstairs windows shuttered ...
The charity shop window redressed and advertised as selling ... 
Mantles, Costumes, Millinery & Wedding Trousseaux Dresses
The Health Food shop disguised as a Butchers ...
Yes, real heads!
Rabbits and pheasant hanging outside ...
business continued as normal inside!
 And the local boutique disguised as a purveyor of hardware ... 
... and haberdashery!
Carts of all shapes and sizes ...
... on every street corner 
 
and some lovely advertising ...
 It all made for a much more interesting walk during
VJ's lunchtime break from work!
 Scheduled for screening Spring 2014.

VJ will be looking out for a couple of 'extras' (Miss Jones ... !) who scored parts.



20 comments:

Anne said...

How fantastic. I bet you cant wait until it comes out in spring.

Rosemary said...

I shall look forward to seeing this in the Spring.
We visited Corfe Castle years ago when they were filming the Mayor of Casterbridge and found it so interesting to see how they restructured the buildings and shops. I remember that they had rubber sheets of cobbles placed over the double yellow lines on the roads.

Emma Kate at Painted Style said...

Ooh what fun! Thanks for sharing! I'd love to do that makeovering for a living! xx

nilly said...

I can't wait! I watched the filming of "Agatha" in Harrogate, spotting Dustin Hoffman & others. Ken Russell's wife Shirley was in charge of the costumes & came over to admire my (then!) 5 year old's rainbow striped jumper. Very exciting!

Jen said...

Exciting and interesting! That will be such fun for you to see when it comes out.

greenthumb said...

Looks like a lot of fun.

Alessandra Poggiagliolmi said...

this is so so fantastic!!!!!
xxxxxx Ale

haggiz said...

Great photos! I look forward to it coming out in the Spring... I loved the book. Julie x

Ethel Johnson said...

How exciting...I wish they'd give my town a make over. xx

freckleface said...

Sherborne is the perfect place for filming this. How wonderful that you got to see it, it's fascinating to see all the details of how they make it look authentic. xx

Sopa Azul said...

Wow, amazing place!!!! :D

the woolly dog said...

Fantastic pictures thank you for sharing!

The Dainty Dolls House said...

This is so cool, I would love to see this...how exciting!! I hope you have a wonderful week doll x

YeamieWaffles said...

This seems like so much fun to me Jane, I really feel like I want to visit!

Vintage Sheet Addict said...

How fascinating I love all those tricks they do! :) x

Kristie Franklin said...

How cool is that! It is amazing how they transformed the street to the period of the movie set. I bet it was really fun to walk down the street looking back in time.

It really looks like a setting in the 1800's!

I hope you and your family are well and enjoying the nice autumn weather. :-)

Katrin mdmB said...

Wow! What a transformation!

In My Wild Eden said...

Wow. It is fun to see how much goes into something like this. Thank you for showing us! very interesting.

*Susycottage* said...

How wonderful Marina, I would love
see live scenes of a movie and all those
old wonders.
When will think of you here in Italy!
Susy Love x

Barbara Fisher said...

I'm so impressed - you really got some great photos! I've just posted the ones my hubby took for the Gazette onto my blog, but I have to say yours are more colourful.