Parade’s End and Saint Flora Castle

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.

© Photos: Tim Dirven

The realistic décor of the neo-classical castle of Sint Flora - © Photos: Tim Dirven

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.

English: Rebecca Hall on the red carpet at the...

Rebecca Hall - Image via Wikipedia

Vlaams audiovisueel fondsParade’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.”



Find more about this project:

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 + + 1914 – 2014 preparations

Dutch preceding articles / aansluitend bij Nederlandstalige artikels : + 11 november, al of niet vergeten #2 Vanaf de Industrialisatie


About Marcus Ampe

Retired dancer, choreographer, choreologist Founder of the Dance impresario office and archive: Danscontact-Dansarchief plus the Association for Bible scholars, the Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" and "From Guestwriters" and creator of the site "Messiah for all". - Gepensioneerd danser, choreograaf, choreoloog. Stichter van Danscontact-Dansarchief plus van de Vereniging voor Bijbelvorsers, de Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" en "From Guestwriters" en maker van de site "Messiah for all".
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