Golden Years rolls in Bristol
by Naman Ramachandran
- Bernard Hill, Simon Callow and Virginia McKenna star in the heist movie
Writer-director John Miller (Living in Hope) has commenced principal photography at Bristol’s Bottle Yard Studios and other locations across the city on the British heist movie Golden Years, co-written by Nick Knowles and Jeremy Sheldon. The film follows a hitherto law-abiding, retired couple, when fate, the pensions crisis and a steadfast refusal to accept the injustice of old age force them into a life of crime. The cast includes Bernard Hill (television’s Wolf Hall), Virginia McKenna (Love/Loss), Sue Johnston (television’s Downtown Abbey), Una Stubbs (television’s Sherlock), Alun Armstrong (television’s Penny Dreadful) and Simon Callow (Four Weddings and a Funeral).
The feature is filming with the support of Bristol Film Office. A MoliFilms Entertainment production, Golden Years is produced by Mark Foligno (The King’s Speech [+see also:
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Fiona Francombe, site director of The Bottle Yard Studios, said, “After a string of high-profile TV productions, it’s fantastic to be able to host an independent, home-grown movie, filmed right here in Bristol, starring such an impressive cast of well-known, talented British actors. The Bottle Yard Studios is now firmly embedded in Bristol’s filmmaking infrastructure, and it’s great to work with our partners across the city to help bring locally shot features like this to the screen.”
Natalie Moore of Bristol Film Office said, “Golden Years is using a range of locations from our historic centre, which we know will look really impressive on screen.”