Location Filming

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Norfolk and Suffolk offer some of the best rural, forest, coastal (see Holkham beach below) and historical (see the Blickling estate tower above) filming locations in the UK, with numerous classic and award winners to their credit.

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Productions filmed either completely or partly in our local area include: ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’, ‘Jack the Giant Slayer’, ‘Gulliver’s Travels’, ‘Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa’, ‘Shakespeare in Love’, ‘Eyes Wide Shut’, ‘Monty Python’s Flying Circus’, ‘Stardust’, ‘The Duchess’, ‘Tomb Raider’, ‘Tales of the Unexpected’, ‘EastEnders’, ‘Dad’s Army’, ‘The Eagle Has Landed’, ‘Out of Africa’, ‘The Chief’, ‘Iris’, ‘Jonathan Creek’, ‘Lovejoy’, ‘Allo, Allo’, ‘Full Metal Jacket’, and multiple James Bond movies.

When you produce at Epic Studios, all of the associated location filming options are on your doorstep – either in the city itself, or within an hour’s drive of our building. The historic Elm Hill in Norwich for example is situated less than half a mile from our door. This location was chosen as a backdrop for Stardust, due to its cobbled streets and genuine Tudor buildings.

For more on local film and TV locations, please visit the Literary Norfolk website.

You can also find helpful information on the  Filming in Norwich guidelines page of the Norwich City Council website, including their Filming in Norwich Application form.

Avengers Age of Ultron

This 2015 box office hit was produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Motion Pictures as one of a series of American superhero films based on Marvel comics. It starred Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Samuel Jackson as Nick Fury, Mark Ruffalo as Hulk, Chris Evans as Captain America… Scenes were shot at The University of East Anglia in Norwich in mid-June 2014.

The Goob

Multi-award winning ‘coming of age’ drama ‘The Goob’, was released in May 2015 and earned the Director (Guy Myhill) a nomination for ‘Best British Newcomer’ and his leading man (Liam Walpole) a ‘Best Newcomer’ BFI nomination. It won the British Independent Film Award for Best Achievement in Production and the Golden Hitchcock Award at the Dinard Film Festival.

Shakespeare in Love

This award-winning British-American comedy/drama film, directed by John Madden, featured an impressive cast, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Dame Judi Dench, Colin Firth, Ben Affleck and Martin Clunes. Scenes were filmed on the unique and beautiful Holkham beach.

Full Metal Jacket

Stanley Kubrick’s brilliant Academy Award nominated Vietnam War film about an 18-year-old marine, includes footage shot on the notorious Norfolk Broads. It starred Matthew Modine, Vincent D’Onofrio, Arliss Howard and Adam Baldwin.


Romantic Fantasy ‘Stardust’ was a 2007 film from Paramount Pictures, directed by Matthew Vaughn and starring Peter O’Toole, Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, David Walliams, Ricky Gervais, Rupert Everett. Many scenes were filmed on Norwich’s Tudor cobbled lane ‘Elm Hill’.

Papa Alpha

Papa Alpha was filmed in both Norwich and Cromer. The British action comedy, featuring Steve Coogan as fictional Norfolk DJ character Alan Partridge, was released in 2013 and a book of the screenplay was published later the same year.

Jack the Giant Slayer

Based on English fairy tale ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’, this American fantasy adventure film, starring Nicholas Hoult, Ian McShane, Ewan McGregor and Bill Nighy, premiered in Hollywood in 2013. Look out for the castle scenes, which were shot in the stunning Norwich Cathedral.

Gulliver’s Travels

2010 Family / adventure movie ‘Gulliver’s Travels’ included scenes filmed in Thetford Forest (35 miles from Norwich). It starred comedy favourites Jack Black, James Corden, Billy Connolly and Catherine Tate and the beautiful Emily Blunt as Princess Mary.

The Duchess

The Duchess was an Award winning 2008 British drama about the life of 18th century aristocrat Georgiana Cavendish – Duchess of Devonshire. It featured scenes shot at Holkham Estate and starred Keira Knightley and Ralph Fiennes.

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