A historic home near Kettering has a starring role in a Bafta-nominated film.
Les Misérables, the feature film adaptation of Victor Hugo’s novel which opens in cinemas on Friday (January 11), includes scenes shot at Boughton House.
The house, which belongs to the Duke of Buccleuch and is often called the English Versailles because of its French architectural style, doubled as the family home of one of the key characters, Marius (played by Eddie Redmayne), and provides the setting for his wedding to Cosette (Amanda Seyfried). The production was on such a large scale that it completely engulfed the estate, taking over everything from the tea room to the stable yard.
Boughton House’s property manager Charles Lister said: “Boughton House has a long history of supporting the arts and we were delighted to have played a small role in the making of this film. It’s been an exciting year at the Estate, with The X Factor and Les Mis both filmed here, and we hope to welcome further opportunities in the future.”
Camilla Stephenson, supervising location manager on Les Misérables said: “People might be surprised to discover that only a tiny portion of our film was actually filmed in France. There are some fantastic locations to be found in our stunning English regions that worked perfectly for our early 19th century France. Local authorities, councils and residents in each of our several areas couldn’t have been more helpful and enthusiastic and made a difficult job a real pleasure.”
Les Misérables stars Hugh Jackman, who used a gym in Kettering while he filmed at Boughton House, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Tveit, Samantha Barks, as well as Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen.
The film and television industry is an important one for the English regions as productions can spend up to £30,000 per day on everything from hotels to props to coffee for the stars when filming on location. Creative England is talking to Northamptonshire County Council about ways in which film and television production could be encouraged to continue to generate revenue, jobs and tourism for the region.
Kaye Elliott, Creative England’s head of location and production services, said: “It’s great to see England’s diverse countryside showcased in Les Misérables. We have a tremendous variety of locations in the regions and Creative England works hard both to ensure that productions know about these locations, and to facilitate filming requests quickly and efficiently so that we increase the flow of production to these areas. It’s a huge endorsement that we can attract major film projects such as Les Misérables to film in the English regions.”
Les Misérables has received nine Bafta nominations including Outstanding British Film, Leading Actor for Hugh Jackman and best Supporting Actress for Anne Hathaway. The winners will be announced on Sunday, February 10.