When people think of Lincolnshire it’s often associated with the agricultural industry, stunning heritage sites and let’s be honest, sausages.
Here at Epix we’re no stranger to the vast amount of resources Lincolnshire has to offer when it comes to film making. From a cinematic stand point it’s a truly inspiring place to be; it’s steeped in history and regardless of where you are in the county, whether it’s Cleethorpes pier or the Boston Stump, you can almost guarantee that you’re never really that far from a hidden scenic gem.
We thought it would be a good idea to take a look at some of the films produced here over the years and see some of Lincolnshire’s cameos on the big screen.
Atonement, Grimsby Docks. 2008
This drama, based on the book by Ian McEwan, follows the lives of two young lovers played by Keira Knightley and James McAvoy, separated by a lie and reunited during the Second World War. The Docks were used as the set for the Dunkirk Scene, an incredible five minute single-take tracking shot depicting the aftermath of the battle. Watch this incredible scene here.
The Da Vinci Code, Lincoln Cathedral. 2006
Lincoln Cathedral is one of the most iconic places in Lincolnshire. It’s an astounding building at the heart of the county and, through its remarkable architecture and rich history, stands as a monument to days gone. People visit Lincoln from all around the world to see it and in 2006 Director Ron Howard decided it would be the perfect place for a pivotal scene in his film, The Da Vinci Code. This scene was filmed in the Chapter House: take a look.
The Haunting, Harlaxton Manor. 1999
Harlaxton Manor is located on the outskirts of Grantham and featured heavily in the 1999 horror, starring a young Owen Wilson and a not-so-serious Liam Neeson, The Haunting. Although most of the interiors for this film were made on a soundstage in Florida, the actual interiors of Harlaxton Manor are so grand and extravagant that they’re almost indistinguishable from the hand crafted sets.
Why not take a look at the trailer; the scariest thing about it is the fact that it was available on VHS!
Pride and Prejudice, Burghley House. 2005
Burghley House is a stately home on the outskirts of Grantham and was used in the 2005 remake of Pride and Prejudice as ‘Rosings’, the home of the fearsome Lady Catherine de Bourg. It’s a grand sixteenth-century country house, built and still lived in by the Cecil family.
The house is open to the public and since 1961 it has been owned by a charitable trust established by the family. Watch this behind the scenes feature from the film.
Guy Martin; Wall of Death, Channel 4. 2016
Epix are proud to be able to put our stamp on this high intensity, live TV event from back in 2016. This was filmed in a former aircraft hanger just outside of the small farming town of Louth where Grimsby-born media personality Guy Martin attempted the world’s fastest Wall of Death ride.
Our team shot a five-week timelapse video of the building of the enormous Wall of Death, which featured on the live broadcast. At the time of the event Will King one of our company Directors stated “To see our work play out live across the UK is always a real buzz.”
You can see our time-lapse here.
If you happened to be present for any of these productions or met any of the cast while they were in Lincolnshire we’d love to hear about it! Tweet us at @epixmedia