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First official pictures released of Hardy classic Far from the Madding Crowd
THESE official pictures show scenes from the new star-studded adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s Far From The Madding Crowd being filmed in Dorset.
The images from the blockbuster have been released by Fox Searchlight Pictures.
The stills show Carey Mulligan as heroine Bathsheba Everdene alongside Matthias Schoenaerts as Gabriel Oak.
The close-up shot sees Bathsheba walking through fields and in another picture she is seen with Gabriel Oak in a dramatic moment.
In the background is the lush Dorset countryside in all its glory.
In another shot
The crew have been filming around west Dorset including near Beaminster and Dorchester.
The Thomas Hardy adaptation is a collaboration between British production company DNA films, Fox Searchlight and the BBC.
A spokesman for the production said: “On behalf of the director, producers, cast and crew we would like to say a big thank you to the local community in Dorset who have helped and supported the production of Far From the Madding Crowd.”
He added: “In particular the residents who have put up with us filming on their doorstep, the bed and breakfasts, hotels and cottage owners who have housed all the cast and crew, the very accommodating Dorset councils and highways department, the farmers who have supplied some of the livestock and the locals who have participated in the film and gone to great lengths to grow their facial hair, turn up to work on time, despite the weather.”
Mapperton House near Beaminster has been a hive of activity.
For part of the filming, the crew transformed the grounds into a slimy farmyard, put up false walls and created an entirely new scenario for the Elizabethan manor house.
Lots of west Dorset residents have been playing the part of extras.
As the filming has continued, celebrities have been seen around Beaminster.
Residents have seen stars Tom Sturridge and fiancé Sienna Miller going in and out of shops in the town.
Debs Moxhay from shop Strummer Pink said: “It’s amazing publicity for Beaminster.
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