Filming of 'The Go-Between'

  • Theme - Events
  • Year - 1970
  • Location - Norwich
  • Filmmaker - Anglia News

Notes

In 1970, Melton Constable Hall in North Norfolk was taken over by director Joseph Losey and his filmcrew, in order to make British romantic drama, ‘The Go-Between’. The film’s script was adapted by famous playwright, Harold Pinter, from the 1953 novel, ‘The Go-Between’ by L.P. Hartley.

Melton Constable Hall stood in for the book’s main location, ‘Brandham Hall’. This film clip contains extracts from Anglia Television footage, filmed at the location during the shoot. There are interviews with Joseph Losey and with actresses Julie Christie and Margaret Leighton, who claim to ‘adore’ Norfolk. They mention having rented country cottages to stay in for the duration of filming. Margaret Leighton even mentions the possibility of buying a holiday home in the county, if it weren’t so difficult to commute to London.

Losey used other Norfolk locations in the final film. The nearby village of Heydon features frequently and there is a swimming scene which takes place at Hickling Broad. Tombland, in Norwich, is filmed and a couple of the characters take lunch in the Maid’s Head Hotel. Roger Lloyd-Pack , perhaps best known for his role as Trigger, in ‘Only Fools and Horses’ bought a Norfolk cottage after appearing the film and continues to live in the county.


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