Location, location, location


Being on set yesterday for the shooting of Clio Barnard’s third film Dark River got me thinking about the other films and TV productions I’ve visited over the years.

My location experiences go back to the mid 1980s and a TV movie entitled Wall of Tyranny, which was shot in Bradford’s Little Germany. Then came The Secret Garden, filmed at Allerton Castle near Knaresborough with Maggie Smith looking imperious in a black bombazine dress.

Through the 1990s there was a flood of films made in Yorkshire and via collaboration with then-then Yorkshire Screen Commission and its director, Liz Rymer, I went on set with Brassed Off, FairyTale – A True Story, Solo Shuttle, Among Giants, Little Voice and LA Without a Map. There was also Sweet Surrender and Mischief Night.

Outside Yorkshire I went to Scotland as the only journalist to witness The Wicker Tree and to Leavesden Studios for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.


Back in Yorkshire there was a glimpse of big TV productions with A Robber’s Tale and Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell. Then a couple of shockers: Dominic Brunt’s Bait (originally The Taking) and Devil’s Tower, written by Fantastiq co-director Adam Marsh. Plus Clio Barnard’s unique The Arbor followed by ’71 and Swallows and Amazons. 

That’s 20 by my count. I may have missed some. Of course I was in The King’s Speech as an extra and played supporting roles in Cricket and The War I Knew. But that was fun, not work.

What’s next, I wonder…?


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