Film–makers focus on Peak

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The Peak District and Derbyshire’s premier role as a prime film location will step into the spotlight once again this summer thanks to two sizzling new releases – plus a series of outdoor screenings planned by QUAD, Derby’s centre for art and film.

Famous historic buildings and landscapes including Haddon Hall, Wingfield Manor, Stanage Edge and Edale will be showcased in a new version of Jane Eyre, starring Michael Fassbender, Jamie Bell of Billy Elliot fame and Dame Judi Dench, due for UK release on Friday, September 9.

Tense psychological thriller The Holding – starring David Bradley, best known as Argus Filch in the Harry Potter series of films; Vincent Regan and Kierston Wareing, and filmed on location in Longnor in the Staffordshire Moorlands – is also set for UK release in late August or early September.

Cinemagoers will also appreciate QUAD’s open-air offers, including locally-filmed blockbuster The Duchess – recounting the fascinating life story of Georgiana Cavendish, the 5th Duchess of Devonshire. Starring Keira Knightley, Ralph Fiennes and Charlotte Rampling, it will be shown at the National Trust’s Kedleston Hall, one of the properties featured in the film, on Friday, August 26.

The Duchess – also filmed on location at Chatsworth – will be closely followed by more recent smash hit The King’s Speech, starring Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush, at the same venue on Saturday August 27.

And classic sci-fi film Close Encounters of the Third Kind will celebrate the opening of Wirksworth Festival and the unveiling of the Star Disc sculpture created by artist Aiden Shingler, with a free screening on Saturday, September 10.

“Film tourism generates a lot of interest in the Peak District and Derbyshire – from well-known Hollywood hits such as Pride & Prejudice and the Other Boleyn Girl to maybe lesser-known, but equally compelling productions such as The Damned United and Skeletons,” said David Thornton, Head of Marketing and Deputy Chief Executive of Visit Peak District & Derbyshire, the area’s official tourist board.

“This year’s another big one for silver screen buffs – with Hardwick Hall appearing as ‘Malfoy Manor’ in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and two more new films featuring local landscapes and landmarks due for release over the coming months.

“Film fans can download details of locations for locally shot movies such as Elizabeth, Pride & Prejudice and Robin Hood as apps from the Visit Britain website – and a comprehensive list is also available in our 2011 Visitor Guide, which can be ordered at www.visitpeakdistrict.com, or on our Attractions Map, now available in tourist information centres in and around the area.”