Hollywood comes to Suffolk for film

A TOUCH of Hollywood came to Suffolk today with the arrival of a film crew in a small village.Famous producer and director Sir Ridley Scott has chosen the village of Middleton, near Saxmundham as the location for a new film his production company is making.

A TOUCH of Hollywood came to Suffolk today with the arrival of a film crew in a small village.

Famous producer and director Sir Ridley Scott has chosen the village of Middleton, near Saxmundham as the location for a new film his production company is making.

A cast and crew involved God's Wounds, a movie being made by Scott's production company Ridley Scott Associates arrived in the village early today to begin filming.

It is believed that if Scott is pleased with the results of this small scale film it could later be turned into a major Hollywood picture.


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Filming began at The Bell Inn this morning and is expected to continue until Friday around the village.

The Bell is owned by Suffolk brewers Adnams and the company has spoken of it's delight at having been asked to allow one of it's pubs to become a film set.

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Adnams retail and marketing manager Sue Wiles said: “It started a couple of days ago, we got a call from RSA from a location manager asking if they could use The Bell just for a few days.

“At first we couldn't believe it but it all checked out and now it's happening.”

The film is believed to about life in a small village and about how people living there might dream of the rest of world, but later discover it isn't what they imagined it to be.

The Bell is currently closed while there is a change in the tenant landlord, and Mrs Wiles said the filming schedule fitted well with the new landlord's re-opening plans.

“They started filming today and are there today and tomorrow and around Middleton on Friday.

“They picked Middleton because one of the crew used to live on a farm outside the village and when they were looking for a location she suggested it.

“We're open to new ideas and thought it was a great way for the tenant to launch his new tenancy.

Ridley Scott, 68, has been involved in many major Hollywood films - most famously the futuristic 1982 thriller, Blade Runner and his 1979 breakthrough film Alien.

This is not the first time The Bell has been chosen as a filming location, as the BBC chose it to use as part of the set for an episode of the detective series Jonathan Creek.

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