The 65th BFI London Film Festival returns this October (6th – 17th) and as part of its 2021 line up are two deliciously shot Norfolk films: Spencer and The Souvenir Part II. Both of these films are generating award buzz with particular reference to Kristen Stewart’s performance as Princess Diana Spencer which was shot in Hunstanton and the Breckland region. Directed by Pablo Larraín the film follows Princess Diana’s decision to leave Prince Charles whilst spending the Christmas holiday with the Royal Family at Sandringham House in Norfolk. UK Producer, Paul Webster explained “Filming in Norfolk was such a wonderful experience. Norfolk Screen were instrumental in helping us source our local crew who worked tirelessly and with unending enthusiasm, and everywhere we went we were supported and made to feel so welcome. We also had excellent access to world-class, unspoilt locations – from winding country roads to the stunning North Norfolk coast. Watching the sun rise on the sands of Hunstanton beach made the early starts that much easier. I am already looking out for an excuse to return.”
Sharing the limelight is The Souvenir Part II which stars the always brilliant Tilda Swinton and her daughter Honor Swinton Bryne. This film is already receiving an abundance of critical claim where it premiered at Cannes earlier this year with Chief Film Critic Peter Bradshaw (The Guardian) noting this “highly-autobiographical study of a young film-maker is less detached, more emotionally engaging, as we enter Julie’s world for a second time”. This film is directed by Joanna Hogg and was shot at various locations in Norfolk including Raynham Hangar Studios and Kings Lynn.
Norfolk Screen is of course delighted to see films shot in the region hitting the big screens and winning critical praise all over the world. For all those producers and budding filmmakers reading this article, why not make Norfolk your next filming destination.