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Story will be filmed in the place where it all happened

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: January 12, 2012

The website for Summer In February, a true story of a love triangle among Lamorna's artistic colony.

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FILMING of a new romantic drama set among Cornwall's artistic community on the eve of the Great War is due to begin on Sunday.

The cast of Summer In February, headed by Dominic Cooper (The Devil's Double) and Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey), will spend four weeks filming in the Penzance area.

Adapted from Jonathan Smith's novel, the production tells the true story of a love triangle among the Edwardian artists' colony at Lamorna Cove in 1913.

One of the three producers, Jeremy Cowdrey, told The Cornishman: "The cast arrived on Monday and we'll start filming on Sunday. We're going to spend four of the seven weeks in Cornwall."


Shooting will take place not only at Lamorna Cove but at various other coves between 30 and 40 minutes away.

"We could have filmed it anywhere in the world but we were determined to do it here, where it all happened," said Mr Cowdrey. "It's a true story and, because it's about a Bohemian artists' colony, the exciting thing is to recreate it, splash Cornwall and bring the county alive."

The production team has been advertising for local extras for a day to take part in scenes set at the Buryan Race in February.

"As the story's based on true events that happened 100 years ago the extras will be dressed up, and it's a day of filming at St Buryan, or somewhere near St Buryan, for the racing scene," said Mr Cowdrey.

"We have quite a few extras already but it would be nice to have some more."

All ages will be considered; men with short hair and women with shoulder-length hair are preferred.

Cooper plays the painter Alfred Munnings and Stevens is local land agent and Boer War veteran Gilbert Evans, who become rivals for the love of artist Florence Carter-Wood, played by Ophelia Lovibond (Mr Popper's Penguins).

First published in 1996, Smith's novel was based on Evans's own diaries, discovered in the attic following his death in 1966.

Summer In February is directed by Christopher Medaul and produced by CrossDay Productions in association with Apart Films.

For further information about the production visit www.summerinfebruary.com

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  • NewlynHope  |  January 16 2012, 1:49PM

    What great news, hopefully will bring some attention to beautiful West Cornwall. I only hope the film makers don't fall foul of the heavy handed parking crew at Lamorna Cove. My partner and I parked there recently, displayed my partner's blue badge as he is disabled following a massive stroke Xmas 2010, took some photos, went back to the car 10 minutes later and found a parking ticket. Apparently disabled blue badge holders have to pay even if their tax disc is marked nil/disabled. We have never been charged in any of Cornwall's car parks because of the tax disc and will certainly never grace the cafe or the car park with our custom again. The car park owner's tactics were reported last year in the Cornishman and several websites including tripadvisor have commented on this - not the way to advertise your business!