We are beyond thrilled that our lights are featured in one of this year’s summer blockbusters – Transformers: the Last Knight, currently opening in cinemas all over the UK.
In many of the key scenes with Anthony Hopkins and Mark Wahlberg, King Arthur’s castle is illuminated by several of our exclusive large aluminium caged searchlights. A high quality, superbly detailed, aluminium searchlight with steel cage on adjustable tripods, these are created ourselves, based on vintage designs which have sadly gone out of circulation.
Many set designers love our bold, statement pieces, and it’s been wonderful to see a little bit of Cornwall on the big screen.
It is true that our rugged landscape and scenery has been used by many notable productions – most recently of course as a backdrop to Aidan Turner’s torso in Poldark.
James Bond is also no stranger to Cornwall – Die Another Day starring Pierce Brosnan, was shot at Holywell Bay near Newquay and at the Eden Project. Back in the day, before the transformation by Tim Smit, the clay country area around Eden – near the delightfully named Scredda – was also used as moonlike wasteland for a Tom Baker episode of Dr Who.
American director Sam Peckinpah came over in 1971 to make his infamous Straw Dogs, dubbed the ‘West Country Western’ starring Dustin Hoffman and Susan George. The controversial film was shot in freezing conditions in and around the village of St Buryan and Lamorna, about five miles from Land’s End.
Cornwall regularly plays host to Martin Clunes for Doc Martin over in Port Isaac (one friend describes this is the only research she did before moving here) and very soon Dawn French and Emilia Fox will be filming the second series of Delicious in the county.
We’ve even seen Polridmoth – a little beach just outside Fowey – pop up in an episode of Jonathan Creek.
And of course, we couldn’t forget Fab Four’s visit in 1967 – parts of the Beatles Magical Mystery Tour were filmed in Newquay – John and Paul can be seen mucking about on Watergate Bay.