New video shows why Bucks is a top filming destination
A new video has been released highlighting why Bucks is a great place to film movies.
The video was launched ahead of the UK release of A Little Chaos tomorrow (Friday), a romantic period drama starring Kate Winslet, which was filmed at locations across the county including Waddesdon Manor.
A Little Chaos follows Sabine, (played by Winslet) a strong-willed landscape designer who is chosen to build one of the main gardens at King Louis XIV’s new palace at Versailles.
Directed by Alan Rickman, who also plays King Louis XIV, the film was shot entirely in the South of England, despite being set in 17th century France.
In the new behind the scenes video, the film’s producer Andrea Calderwood explained why a variety of locations in Bucks provided the perfect backdrop for the film.
Andrea said: “When we first started planning ‘A Little Chaos’, we imagined that we’d shoot part of the film in France and part of the film in England.
“But as we started to look around the south of England, we realised that actually we could get everything we wanted creatively here.”
As well as Waddesdon Manor, which was used in the film as the Palace of Fontainebleau, the crew also shot at Pinewood Studios in Iver Heath, Black Park (next door to Pinewood and Chenies Manor in Chenies.
Other locations that feature in the film are the ancient woodland in the Ashridge estate in Hertfordshire, Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire and Cliveden House in Berkshire.
Over the last 18 months, Bucks has played host to 65 productions, including Disney’s Cinderella and Into the Woods, and Johnny Depp’s latest film, Mortdecai.
Together, they helped to generate around £4 million of new investment for the local economy. through spend on hotels, food, transport and hiring local crew.
Creative England, an organisation that supports the creative industry teamed up with Visit England to produce the short film.
Kaye Elliot, head of production services for Creative England said: “International screen tourists can bring up to £140million per year to the economy, so it is essential that we continue to attract more film crews to the country.
“A Little Chaos is a great example of how England’s incredible locations can play many parts and help to produce something magnificent, which is good news for film-goers, and even greater news for our economy.”
Jonah Coombes, location manager on A Little Chaos said: “Creative England is an essential part of the process when filming outside of London and, as ever, their guidance and support for A Little Chaos proved invaluable.
“It is critical for production companies to have a central source of information and an affiliated body that can represent the various regional authorities, all of which are required to liaise on the production process.”