In the previous posting “1914 – 2014 preparations” I gave already a glimpse of the works been done to commemorate the Great war.
Who is best in putting history in a modern form? The British are the best in historical drama. 1914 could not escape the 2014 moving pictures celebrations.
Saint Flora Castle is by many known as a place to buy cigarettes and spirits at greatly discounted prices but the neo-classical castle of Sint Flora, near the Flemish coastal town Koksijde has become the scene of a film crew.
Whom better than Sir Tom Stoppard to offer a script for a five-part drama adaptation of Parade’s End, a 1920s four-book series by British author Ford Madox Ford about love and duty between the twilight of the Edwardian era and the end of the First World War. He is the man of my heart for chronicles.
The love triangle between English aristocrat Christopher Tietjens (Benedict Cumberbatch), his beautiful but cruel wife Sylvia (Rebecca Hall) and Valentine Wannop (Adelaide Clemens), a young suffragette with whom he falls madly in love shall take seven weeks of filming in Belgium, including scenes at the St Michael and St Gudula Cathedral in Brussels, the De Borrekens water lock in Vorselaar (serving as a Scottish castle, hunting lodge and German spa resort) and a field near Namur for the trench scenes. Some €4.5 million of the total budget is set aside for the Belgian shoots.
Parade’s End also benefited from a €150,000 grant from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund, but the most important financial contribution has been provided by the Belgian Tax Shelter System, which annually channels about €60 million into audiovisual productions and has transformed the rather artisanal local film sector into a solid professional economy (see p6).
Flemish producer Martin Dewitte was enlisted, along with broadcaster VRT and the BNP Paribas Fortis Film Fund as a local producer, helping find many locations. “It’s a major circus organising this,” says Dewitte, who runs his own company, Anchorage Entertainment. “I’ve never been involved with anything like it.”
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The British have landed Flanders’ fields are the authentic setting for a big-budget British TV drama series
Preceding articles: 11 November, a day to remember #1 Until Industrialisation + 11 November, a day to remember #2 From the Industrialisation + 1914 – 2014 preparations
Dutch preceding articles / aansluitend bij Nederlandstalige artikels : 11 november, al of niet vergeten #1 Tot de Industrialisatie + 11 november, al of niet vergeten #2 Vanaf de Industrialisatie
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