Well ! I must admit I never realised how many films and TV productions have been filmed in Cornwall ! Going back to 1899 would you believe Wreck of the ‘S.S. Paris’ Short silent black and white documentary film. Filmed at the Manacle Rocks near the Lizard.
However there are only a few that I have heard of – one being Love Story 1944 as my gran Alice Hocking was an extra in it !
Starring Margaret Lockwood, Stewart Grainger & Patricia Roc.
Part filmed at the Minack Theatre, Porthcurno.
Stewart Grainger actually became very good friends of my grans family! My gran can remember him standing in their kitchen leaning up against the hearth and having a cuppa! He used to go out with my grans brothers and their greyhounds hunting for rabbits!! My gran is seen walking down over the cliff to the Minnack Theatre! Her claim to fame I guess!
Of course there was also Die Another Day in 2002 – James Bond…..with Pierce Brosnan. The Biodomes at the Eden Project were used for part of Gustav Graves’ Icelandic ice palace!
And more recently Doc Martin ! Filmed in Port Issac from 2013 and they are filming at the moment for the new series. Apparently there were hundreds of people auditioning for extras on set just a few weeks ago !!
The latest of course is Poldark with Aiden Turner playing Ross Poldark and Eleanor Tomlinson playing Demela !! I absolutely love the re-make of this wonderful adaption of Winston Grahams novels. The first Poldark was aired in 1975. And of course the latest of Poldark filmed in the summer of 2014 and aired April 2015. And they are coming back …. in the summer to film the next series….
Botallack to Levant
They couldn’t resist the rich mining heritage of the stretch of West Cornwall coast linking Botallack and Levant. Levant Mine playing the role of the fictional Tressiders Rolling Mill while Owles and Crowns near Botallack starred as Ross Poldark’s Wheal Leisure.
Of course Levant Mine is very dear to my heart as my great grandfather died there in 1919 in the mining disaster. I have put together a short story on this website –
Please comment below if you know of or were part of any other productions in the county. I’d love to hear more!