Thursday, 21 October 2021

Village church used to shoot Hollywood blockbuster

A HOLLYWOOD film which includes scenes shot in Ewelme is released today (Friday).

A HOLLYWOOD film which includes scenes shot in Ewelme is released today (Friday).

Some scenes for the musical Les Misérables were filmed at the village church in March.

St Mary the Virgin, in Parson’s Lane, was transformed to look like a 19th-century French church.

Hugh Jackman, who plays Jean Valjean, was among the 200-strong cast and crew spotted on set, as well as director Tom Hooper, who won an Oscar for The King’s Speech.

Both the interior and exterior of the church were used to film scenes. The belfry was converted into a tavern, the porch by the entrance on the south side of the church became a bishop’s lodging and the muniment room was made into a mayor’s office. Churchwarden Chips Gell is looking forward to seeing the film with his wife Sue at the Regal Picturehouse in Henley today.

He said: “I spoke to the locations manager who looked after everything when they were filming here and he said that obviously Ewelme doesn’t feature for a huge length of time on screen but he said what you do see is very, very nice.”

The film, which has been widely tipped for an Oscar, also stars Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter.

He said: “I spoke to the locations manager who looked after everything when they were filming here and he said that obviously Ewelme doesn’t feature for a huge length of time on screen but he said what you do see is very, very nice.”

The film, which has been widely tipped for an Oscar, also stars Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter.

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