Film star: Norfolk on the silver screen

Over the past few months we may have been enjoying a few more film nights at home than usual as a way to pass time during Covid-19 lockdown.

But did you know just how many films and television programmes have made Norfolk their backdrop? Some, such as Gwyneth Paltrow’s walk along Holkham beach in Shakespeare in Love, are well known. Others may surprise you. All are certainly worth a visit when restrictions lift and a trip to Norfolk beckons once more.

Superheroes on film at the Sainsbury Centre

The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Art on the outskirts of Norwich was the setting for many scenes in the Avengers film series. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) and Avengers: Infinity War (2018) are the second and third films in the four-part crossover series (along with The Avengers (2012) and Avengers: Endgame (2019)).

Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth were all spotted in and around the campus. Some lucky students from the University of East Anglia were cast as extras.

The SCVA also appeared in Captain America: Civil War (2016) and Ant-Man (2105).

Revolution in King’s Lynn

Purfleet Quay in King’s Lynn was the setting for Revolution (1985). The film was set during the American Civil War and starred Al Pacino, Donald Sutherland and Natasja Kinski. There was also a brief appearance from Annie Lennox and Robbie Coltrane. While the film was considered a bit of a flop, the town played its role with style and panache.

Dad’s Army in the Brecks

The Brecklands was the setting for many scenes in Dad’s Army through out the comedy programmes nine-year (1968-1977) run. The town of Thetford was a main location for many of its episodes, as was RAF Lakenheath.

Statues of many of the cast are dotted around the market town of Thetford. There is a Dad’s Army Museum, with memorabilia, information and pictures of the programme.

Bouncing bombs at Langham Airfield

The story of Barnes Wallis’ bouncing bomb is one of the enduring, true legends of WWII. The Dam Busters film, starring Richard Todd and Michael Redgrave had some scenes shot at the disused Langham airfield in North Norfolk. The film went on to be the most popular film at the box office in 1955 and continues to be a favourite with film lovers.

RAF Marham is shaken and stirred

Die Another Day (2002) is the fourth appearance of Pierce Brosnan as James Bond. Much of the action takes place in North Korea aka RAF Marham. Brosnan’s co-star on set was Halle Berry.

45 years of secrets and lies

As a couple approach their 45th wedding anniversary, secrets are revealed. This is a beautifully shot, slow burning emotional drama starring Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay.

The couple live in the beautiful countryside in Norfolk. Scenes that take place in Norwich include London Street, the Royal Arcade, St Benedict’s Street and the Assembly Rooms in which the anniversary is due to take place.

And who can forget Alan Partridge?

Alan Partridge is Steve Coogan’s brilliant creation. The socially awkward radio presenter is a Norwich resident with a fictitious radio station ‘North Norfolk Digital’. Norwich train station, Norwich Cathedral, Cromer Pier and several other locations around the county have featured in seven different films and TV programmes all following the chaotic life of Alan Partridge.

For any information on any of these destinations or for more information on things to see and do during your stay at Rookery Farm, please just drop us an email or call +44(0)1263 821 232.