A big screen movie has been recently released which has a number of Moorlands connections. Caspian Films’ The Colour Room, which can be viewed on Sky Cinema, follows the journey of a determined, working-class woman, Clarice Cliff, as she breaks the glass ceiling and revolutionises the workplace in the 20th century.
A big screen movie has been recently released which has a number of Moorlands connections.
Caspian Films’ The Colour Room, which can be viewed on Sky Cinema, follows the journey of a determined, working-class woman, Clarice Cliff, as she breaks the glass ceiling and revolutionises the workplace in the 20th century.
The movie, which has also been screened at a number of cinemas across the country, has Caverswall actress Rachel Shenton in it, and the community venue of the Foxlowe Arts Centre was used for some of the filming of the movie.
Chairman of the Foxlowe Arts Centre, Chris Thompson, told the Leek & Moorlands Echo: “We were approached by Caspian Films who were filming The Colour Room for Sky Cinema about the ceramic designer Clarice Cliff as one of their location scouts gave them a heads up that a certain scene would work really well at the Foxlowe Arts Centre.
“I don’t want to give much away in case I spoil the film for the reader as it’s well worth watching, it has a great story line and is exceptionally well filmed and it was fascinating to see how parts of the Foxlowe were completely transformed and then expertly painted back to its original state.”
Chris added: “The film crew were a lovely friendly team and I’m sure there will be a few readers who will agree with this statement as they may have been an extra or made a prop for the film, you might even pick my mumbled voice out on a crowd scene.
“I would like to say a special thank you for the patience of members of the Foxlowe Creative Hub and Fox and Crow Gallery as a regular “Quiet please” was called out to indicate filming was going to start.
“There were three scenes filmed in Leek and many more in Stoke-on-Trent, although I was born and raised in Leek, I worked for 20 years as a Screen Printer for Wedgwood and have always had an interest in ceramics.
“Mind you, as every generation of our family since 1850 have worked in the local textile industry I’m looking forward to a film company coming back and making a film about our past vibrant textile industry.”
Meanwhile, a well-known sculptor in the Moorlands had a cameo part in the film, as well as made some of the specially made props for the filming.
Anthony Hammond, whose wooden creations can be found in many scenic spots within the Moorlands, said: “I was commissioned to produce a batch of traditional pottery crates made from coppice material as used in the 1920’s to transport crockery from Stoke on Trent via the canals and then shipped out to the rest of the world.
“I also supplied an amount of coppice material for prop’ and background purposes. And then spent a day at Middleport pottery filming.”
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