Englefield Estate takes starring role in film and television

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Englefield Estate takes starring role in film and television

Englefield Estate is much in demand as a filming and photography location for feature films, adverts and TV series, with a huge variety of buildings, landscapes and backdrops that lend themselves to film and photographic shoots.

Most recently, Englefield House and neighbouring St Mark’s Church played host to the cast and crew of the award-winning Netflix series The Crown. Filming commenced for the much-anticipated new series, in which Academy Award-winning Olivia Colman takes over from Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II.

In 2018 Englefield House and grounds featured in a number of different productions including the mobile network EE’s TV advert. Over two days last summer, the grounds were transformed into a safari park for the 40-second commercial which stars Hollywood stalwart Kevin Bacon and British Peep Show comedian David Mitchell.

It was directed by Steve Bendelack whose previous credits include Spitting Image, The Royle Family and one of the Mr Bean feature films. While the final piece shows a large troop of monkeys and a herd of giraffe, the Estate only had to play host to six energetic monkeys as the additional animals were cleverly added in post-production.

Animals also featured heavily in the filming of Indian comedy film Housefull 4 as 30 horses were brought in as ‘extras’ for a scene shot in the Deer Park, located in front of Englefield House. Housefull 4 is the fourth instalment of the successful Bollywood franchise and it is set to be the most expensive Indian comedy film ever made.

Indian audiences will also see Englefield in another Hindi language film, Badnaam. For eight days last September, Englefield House became a secret facility where the lead female character was put through her paces in espionage training. Both films are set for release this year.

Closer to home, scenes from the concluding episode of the latest series of popular ITV drama Unforgotten were shot at St Mark’s Church and also in the woodlands above the house. During the filming, actors James Fleet, of Vicar of Dibley and Four Weddings and a Funeral fame, and Kevin McNally, who played Joshamee Gibbs in Pirates of the Caribbean, were both on set.

Englefield also provided the backdrop for a stunning fashion photography shoot for luxury magazine Country and Town House. Additionally, in the same issue, the Estate also featured in an article about the rise in demand for corporate events at country estates.

We have a dedicated in-house team who ensure that each shoot runs smoothly no matter how large or small, offer ample parking and access for lorries and crew vehicles, as well as providing access to additional rooms which can be used for crew members or as green rooms.

For more information about filming and events at Englefield, contact the team on 0118 930 2221 or visit www.englefieldestate.co.uk.

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