Trailer for Crusoe
Museum is setting for filming of TV adventure
Published Date: 28 May 2008 By Staff Copy (Malton Mercury)
HOLLYWOOD comes to the picturesque village of Hutton-le-Hole this week, giving both the village and the popular Ryedale Folk Museum a massive shot in the arm. A £13 million television series based on the story of Robinson Crusoe has been commissioned in the US by NBC and part of it is being filmed in the museums grounds.
Actor Sean Bean, who starred in Sharpe and the blockbuster movie Lord of the Rings, plays Crusoes father and Sam Neill, of Jurassic Park fame, is a family friend. US actor Philip Winchester, who played Scott Tracy in the recent remake of Thunderbirds, is cast as the English castaway. The 13-part series, which will be filmed in South Africa and the Seychelles, as well as the UK, is the first remake of Daniel Defoes novel since 1965.
The drama follows the adventures of Crusoe and his fellow castaway Friday, after being marooned on a desert island for years. The series will feature flashbacks to Crusoes life in the UK as a child, his love affair with Susannah, played by British actress Anna Walton, his family and efforts to become an entrepreneur Ryedale Folk Museum, with its carefully preserved buildings dating from the 16th century and beyond, makes a perfect setting.
Museum manager and parish councillor Kevin Simms said production company Power Studios approach- ed the attraction about four months ago and, after visiting the site, liked it so much they immediately began negotiations to use it. He said : Theyre using three of our buildings Stang End, which will be Crusoes home in the film, Manor House, which will be turned into a warehouse, and Crofters Cottage, although I dont know what their plans are for that yet.
Set dressers arrived yesterday to add an authentic touch to the buildings, with Cllr Simms checking to ensure they use correct materials. He said: I dont have any problems with the changes theyre planning to the interiors because once theyve finished filming, they'll put everything back the way it was. Theyre very, very professional from what Ive seen so far. Theyve bent over backwards to be helpful and are a really nice group of people.
He admitted the production company had made a substantial donation to the museum for the use of its site. Theyve been very, very generous and theyre trying to keep disruption to the minimum. There will be some restricted areas where visitors cant go on Friday and Saturday during filming but well explain whats happening to customers and either offer them a refund or a return ticket.
The TV series is sure to put the museum and Hutton-le-Hole on the map. The company says we will feature on all credits and in all press releases about the series, so thats going to help to bring people here.
And weve already had an approach from a tour operator whose tour list takes posh Americans on guided tours of film sets, so that's good as well. In lots of ways Robinson Crusoe will help us and there will be a real spin-off for the village.
Some of production crew are staying in Kirkbymoor- side and others are travelling to Hutton-le-Hole each day from York, where they were filming last week.
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Film-friendly city to star in Robinson Crusoe TV series By Paul Jeeves
YORK'S growing reputation as a prime location for film shoots has been boosted by a decision to feature the city in a new television series about Robinson Crusoe.
The 13-part series based on Daniel Defoe's classic 18th century novel is being made for the American TV channel NBC and will also be shot in South Africa and the Seychelles this spring. York has already been used as a location in Hollywood film, including the sequel to the 2004 Garfield movie, the big-screen version of the long-running Jim Davis cartoon strip. It is hoped that the city will also now be able to exploit the lucrative Bollywood film industry after the International Indian Film Academy awards were held in the region last summer.
Gillian Cruddas, chief executive of the city's new tourism partnership Visit York, said: "We are committed to working in conjunction with the city council to making York the most film-friendly destination in the country and our efforts are clearly paying off. "We're fortunate that several locations in York can double for street scenes in London and this is generating strong interest from production companies across the globe. The series will be a fantastic opportunity to promote what York has to offer as a film location, specifically to American production companies, which could result in more productions from the US looking to film here."
Filming for the drama based on Robinson Crusoe will begin next week and will include shoots at the Guildhall and riverside locations as well as St William's College and Fairfax House. York Council's events and festivals officer, Liz Topi, the city's representative on Screen Yorkshire, said: "York is carving out a real reputation as a leading location for film shoots. "We are getting inundated with requests, ranging from small production companies to major film studios. The city is obviously a wonderful location and we want to build on the success which we have already achieved."
The Robinson Crusoe production is an ambitious adaptation of Defoe's novel, updated for a 21st century audience.
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PASSERS-by were stunned when two of the world's most recognisable actors were spotted on the River Ouse in York.
Sean Bean and Sam Neill are in town as the filming gets underway for the TV series Robinson Crusoe.
The pair, who starred in blockbuster movies Lord of the Rings and Jurassic Park respectively, were filming scenes in a boat on the Ouse and then later shot footage in the Guildhall.
A spokeswoman for the production company, Power Studios International, said the actors will be filming in York and the surrounding area for the next two weeks.
She said: "The basic premise for the series is that we start we with Robinson Crusoe a number of years into his stay on the island and then we begin flashbacks into his life in the UK. All the scenes shot in York are flashbacks to his life when he was a child, his love affair, how he built his empire and how it all went wrong.
"The location team wanted somewhere that looked beautiful, traditional and in keeping with the time period they are in. All the actors are having a good time up there and it sounds like they are doing very well.
"Sean Bean plays Robinson Crusoe's father in the series and Sam Neill is a friend of the family."
The starring role in the series goes to Philip Winchester, who recently starred in the Thunderbirds movie, while up-and-coming British actress Ann Walton has been cast in the lead female role.
Meanwhile, tourists and shoppers will be told to stay away from York's most famous cobbled street due to the filming.
Shops and restaurants in Shambles will be forced to close on Friday as film crews move in to shoot scenes for Robinson Crusoe.
City of York Council has warned that Shambles and St Andrewgate could be closed from 4am to 7pm, although Power Studios Inter-national said it was confident businesses would be able to reopen at about 11am.
Shops in College Street, near York Minster, are also set to be hit by the filming, with owners being told to keep their shops shut throughout trading hours on Saturday.
The president of the York and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, Peter Kay, said: "It is always exciting when York gets to feature in a film or television programme, and I hope that the programme makers will make clear in the credits the location of this beautiful city.
"However, there is a price to pay on occasions such as this when streets are closed to enable filming to take place.
"I hope that the local traders have been properly consulted and are to be compensated for the inevitable effect on their trade."
In other areas of York, Castlegate will be closed to traffic today and Thursday during filming inside Fairfax House, which will be closed to the public until Friday.
Meanwhile, there will be fewer parking bays available today in Marygate, and the Black Swan pub, in Peasholme Green, will be closed all day on Bank Holiday Monday.
The £17 million series, described by the production team as "a swashbuckling family show in the vein of Robin Hood" is being made by American production company NBC and will include 13 episodes.Sean Bean gets some expert attention while filming in York