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Elveden Hall transformed into Moroccan palace for Ridley Scott blockbuster

PUBLISHED: 18:35 11 January 2018 | UPDATED: 08:35 15 January 2018

All the Money in the World at Elveden Hall. Picture: SCREENSUFFOLK

All the Money in the World at Elveden Hall. Picture: SCREENSUFFOLK

Suffolk’s Elveden Hall, near Bury St Edmunds, has a long relationship with the big screen including Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut. Now it is gracing our cinema screens again in Ridley Scott’s All The Money In The World.

All the Money in the World at Elveden Hall. Picture: SCREENSUFFOLKAll the Money in the World at Elveden Hall. Picture: SCREENSUFFOLK

Who can forget her stunning aerial ballet/battle as she bounced around the upper levels of the entrance hall fighting off a troop of paramilitary intruders?

Now the famous residence is gracing our cinema screens again in Ridley Scott’s well received thriller All The Money In The World.

Although geographically rooted in Suffolk, Elveden’s exotic architecture allowed it to double as a Moroccan palace. Securing the location work was carried out by the company Film Fixer and Screen Suffolk.

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'EYES WIDE SHUT' PARTLY FILMED AT ELVEDEN HALL NEAR THETFORD.  SAVED 17.8.00FILER FOR CRAIG ROBINSON FILMING STORY 'EYES WIDE SHUT' PARTLY FILMED AT ELVEDEN HALL NEAR THETFORD. SAVED 17.8.00

Screen Suffolk also managed to provide on-the-job experience for two local film trainees.

The scenes filmed in Suffolk involved just the star Charlie Plummer, in a dreamy sequence about time he spent in Morocco and didn’t include disgraced co-star Kevin Spacey, who was ultimately replaced by Christopher Plummer.

Screen Suffolk director Karen Everett says, “Our support was around finding last minute accommodation for 200 cast and crew at the height of summer in the county – the filming went on between July 24 and July 30.

Stanley Kubrick's final film Eyes Wide Shut with Tom Cruise which featured a score by Bury St Edmunds composerr Jocelyn PookStanley Kubrick's final film Eyes Wide Shut with Tom Cruise which featured a score by Bury St Edmunds composerr Jocelyn Pook

“This was a bit of a task, as you can imagine, at that time of year. But in fact it led to our relationship with Suffolk Secrets who now offer discounted accommodation to film productions on our behalf.

“We managed to do it, and asked the production to find some work for local young people. Grace Diggins worked from July 24th to 30th and Claire Stewart worked on July 29th.

“We were really grateful to the production for creating these opportunities. Claire was one of Screen Suffolk’s first young people onboard, she registered via the site for work experience back in December.

Lara Croft:Tomb Raider, staring   Angelina Jolie, and featured Elveden Hall as her ancestral home.    Photo: ParamountLara Croft:Tomb Raider, staring Angelina Jolie, and featured Elveden Hall as her ancestral home. Photo: Paramount

“With Ridley Scott directing, the film tells the true story of oil billionaire John Paul Getty initially refusing ransom demands, when his grandson John Paul Getty III was kidnapped in the early ‘70s aged 16.

“Elveden Hall was dressed as a Moroccan palace owned by the Gettys. Although the details were kept quite shrouded, the young actor Charlie Plummer spent the week filming there, playing the young John Paul Getty III.

“Elveden Hall’s many former owners include the Maharajah Duleep Singh, ruler of the Sikh empire, who was forced into exile by the British East India Company. He bought the estate in 1863 and re-modelled the interior to look like a Mughal palace, leaving this corner of Suffolk with sumptuous and exotic interiors that were clearly perfect for the filmmaker’s needs, as the location was put to work playing a Moroccan palace. And being in Suffolk, it was a far more convenient Moroccan palace than the real thing.”

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