“It’s not just the glorious vistas, the famous skies, the coastline, the market towns, and the sheer variety of landscape and location that the county of Norfolk offers – it’s something else, something to do with the authentic continuity of character and difference that has run through the people and the place that lends Norfolk its uniqueness, charm, quirkiness, beauty and grandeur. I’m prejudiced because I grew up here and live here still, but I’m more prejudiced because I’ve filmed here and I know that there’s no experience like it…” Stephen Fry
It is no secret that Norfolk has a rich background of film and TV productions with many well-known programmes and films being shot in the County ranging from Classic TV shows such as Dad’s Army to epic Hollywood Blockbusters like Shakespeare in Love, Jack The Giant Slayer, Stardust, Avengers: Age of Ultron to British Feature Classics including 45 Years, Yesterday, The Souvenir and Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa. Here a few quotes about Filming in Norfolk.
“Filming in Norfolk was such a wonderful experience. Local crew 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”. Paul Webster (Producer – Spencer).
“Norfolk is one of the most atmospheric and unspoilt places in the UK to film – and we could not have asked for a better set of landscapes, marshland and beaches with which to visualise the world of David Copperfield. Digging in with a cast and crew in Norfolk made the experience of making a film even richer than usual.” Kevin Loader (Producer – The Personal History of David Copperfield).
“It was an absolute pleasure to film in Norwich. The people were extremely welcoming and the council couldn’t have been more enthusiastic. Everyone involved was super helpful. A wonderful experience!” Lynsey Cosford (Location Manager – Netflix’s Jingle Jangle).
“Norfolk is a special county – for many still an unknown secret! With vast sandy beaches, historical buildings, the broads and beautiful countryside, there are potential film locations everywhere…” Jake Humphrey (TV Presenter and Journalist)
Norfolk’s dynamic history and culture has helped to contribute to its vibrant character; from the complete medieval street of Elm Hill, the incredible Norwich Cathedral and Castle to the most stunning coast line in the world and of course the best river system in the UK which is the Norfolk Broads. All this is topped off with Norfolk’s big open skies, iconic landmarks, award winning facilities/services and an array of talented crew which is all easily located within reach of London offering ample opportunities at a competitive price.
Further to this with the UK Tax Break system for incoming productions Norfolk really could be your next filming destination. So here is a few examples of just what Norfolk can offer…..
Norfolk’s Facilities, Services & Crew.
Norfolk has a long established production history dating back to the days of Anglia TV and over the year’s has seen its development of studio spaces such as Epic Broadcast Studios, October Studios and Raynham Hanger Studios. Further to this there are a number of award winning companies including Ember Films which is an independent production company who have multiple Emmy wins and BAFTA nominations to outstanding Award Winning VFX companies such as Lexhag. Norfolk’s Facilities & Services are outstanding in their approach and you can find out more about what Norfolk has to offer from our local database.
The County also boasts an incredible list of skilled and locally based crew ranging from the fields of sound, direction, cinematography to runners. For more information about local talent please check out Norfolk Screen’s Cast & Crew database here.
Norfolk is easily located within reach of London and and provides a gateway to some of the best locations in the UK. With over 90 miles of unspoilt coastline, breathtaking countryside, historic stately houses, incredible rivers including the Broads National Park with over 125 miles of lock-free waterways, picturesque market towns and one of the UK’s finest cities Norwich. The city features the stunning Norwich Cathedral, Norwich Castle, a medieval street, outstanding a architecture and thriving outdoor market. Check out a selection of Norfolk’s stunning locations here.
Norfolk Screen is also proud to be a Filming in England Partner.