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Film Locations

Film Locations

If you were asked to name some popular film locations what would be the first one to pop into your head? Hollywood perhaps? Pinewood Studios maybe? Paris for a romantic blockbuster? But Wells in Somerset, I’m guessing probably not.

In the summer of 2006, (can it really be 10 years ago) the beautiful city of Wells – just a couple of miles from Croscombe – provided one of the main film locations for British hit ‘Hot Fuzz’. Directed by ‘local boy’ Edgar Wright and starring Simon Pegg as dedicated Sgt. Nicholas Angel, filming took place all over the city. At the time, I was General Manager of the Swan Hotel in Wells and welcomed the film crew onto the premises. The hotel features a number of times in the film.

The production really helped to promote Wells. Indeed, film enthusiasts still visit the area today and many enjoy a guided ‘Hot Fuzz’ walk with Siobhan of Wells Walking Tours.

ONE OF THE GREAT FILM LOCATIONS

Hot Fuzz wasn’t the first major feature film to make use of Wells. Take a look at the 1972 version of The Canterbury Tales and you’ll see Vicars’ Close (opposite Wells Cathedral). This remarkable residential street lays claim to being the oldest continually inhabited one in Europe and recently featured on ‘The Great Interior Design Challenge’ on BBC2.

During the past couple of years Wells has played host to a mix of documentaries, period and modern dramas and a Hollywood blockbuster or two. The city featured in acclaimed TV drama, Wolf Hall, The Great British Food Trip with Terry Wogan (R.I.P) and big budget film, The Huntsman to name but a few. (See a comprehensive list here.)

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Filming Wolf Hall in Wells

 

While filming The Huntsman an artificial wall was built just off the Market Square in Wells. It was an incredible piece of work. It really looked as though it had been there for centuries. All that work and then it was removed after just a few days.  

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The fake wall

 

Pick the right day to visit Wells and you could see the likes of Charlize Theron, Ronan Keating or Jenny Seagrove acting their socks off!

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Film trucks around Wells Cathedral Green

 

You may be wondering why I’m telling you all this. Well, the first, ‘Wells Film Festival‘ gets underway on Thursday 21 April and runs until Sunday 24 April. It kicks off with a traditional tea party to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday. The independent cinema in Wells will be screening a host of different films over the 4 day event. The showpiece is an open air screening of The Huntsman in the grounds of The Bishop’s Palace on Friday evening. Fingers crossed for dry weather.

The event also features a film of film locations around Wells, so you don’t just have to take my word for it! If you haven’t already, do come and see Wells for yourself.

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