Newcastle-born director shoots new film at North East beauty spots

North East beauty spots are forming the backdrop of a new movie being shot by Newcastle-born director Siobhan Schwartzberg

Simon Greener Actress Elisabeth Hopper who stars in new film The Cross, being shot in the North East
Actress Elisabeth Hopper who stars in new film The Cross, being shot in the North East

North East beauty spots are forming the backdrop of a new movie.

Film The Cross is being shot at various sites across Northumberland, Durham and North Yorkshire, including Brinkburn Priory, near to Morpeth, Bywell Church in Stocksfield and Hadrian’s Wall.

The short film is written and directed by Newcastle-born film director Siobhan Schwartzberg who has returned to the region to film this project.

Pictures captured by The Journal yesterday show the filming in Minsteracres, near Consett, Co Durham. Images show actress Elisabeth Hopper with actor Jack Hawkins in woodland.

Ms Schwartzberg, 26, previously lived in the North East before moving to London at the age of 12.

 

She was selected by the British Film Industry as a ‘future film maker’ in 2012 before she began filming the tragic love story with a 20-strong cast. Set in the winter of 1529, the plot centres around the love affair between nun, Isabelle, and a monk, William.

Ms Schwartzberg said: “In The Cross, we will show life in 1529 as accurately as we can. This isn’t a traditional buxom, curly-haired, pouty costume drama. This is life as it would have been in 1529. Hard, bloody, dirty, oppressive and really, really cold. This film is about love and desire. Not just the dreamy bits but also the darker elements.”

Isabelle is played by actor Elisabeth Hopper who appeared alongside Ralph Fiennes in Trevor Nunn’s production of The Tempest at The Theatre Royal Haymarket, London, and appeared in films Scattered and The Beat Beneath My Feet.

William is played by Jack Hawkins who has just finished filming New Tricks for BBC1. His other work includes Hedda Gabler, Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead in the West End and ‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore.

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