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Far from the Madding Crowd Throws Dorset into the Media Spotlight

13th May 2015

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New Mind | tellUs customer, Visit Dorset is once again capitalising on the destination's popularity as a film location as it hits the big screen this month.

Dorset's stunning landscape forms the backdrop for director Thomas Vinterberg's adaptation of Thomas Hardy's 1874 novel, Far from the Madding Crowd, a collaboration between British production company DNA films, Fox Searchlight and BBC Films.

FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD © Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved.

Far from the Madding Crowd is the story of independent, beautiful and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan), who attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts), a sheep farmer, captivated by her fetching wilfulness; Frank Troy (Tom Sturridge), a handsome and reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood (Michael Sheen), a prosperous and mature bachelor. This timeless story of Bathsheba’s choices and passions explores the nature of relationships and love, as well as the human ability to overcome hardships through resilience and perseverance.

Visit Dorset has implemented a range of initiatives on www.visit-dorset.com to celebrate the cinematic release of the movie.  A high profile Facebook competition has been launched, offering the chance to win a luxury break for two in Sherborne, where some of the film was shot.  A brand new leaflet has also been produced enabling visitors to the area to discover key filming locations in West Dorset as well as inviting visitors to explore the area where Thomas Hardy was born and raised.

A short video, produced by Creative England and VisitEngland as part of their 'I love filming in...' series features Anita Overland, co-producer of Far from the Madding Crowd, explaining why Dorset was the perfect location choice.

Jessica Thornton, Tourism Marketing Officer of Visit Dorset, said: “Far From the Madding Crowd has thrown Dorset’s incredibly striking scenery into the media spotlight once again and the Facebook competition will give the winners a chance to see with their own eyes the landscape that inspired Hardy and fall in love with it themselves. We very much hope that the film, in tandem with Broadchurch, will continue to provide Dorset with an increasing number of ‘film tourists’ and that the local economy will see a positive gain for some time to come”

Dorset is no stranger to playing host to film makers, TV crews, poets and writers.  ITV's multiple BAFTA winning crime drama, Broadchurch, featuring Dorset's magnificent Jurassic coastline generated international exposure for the destination during seasons one and two.

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