Sunday 21 April 2019

Major film shooting at Newbridge House

Stephen Fry and Kate Beckinsale head the cast for Jane Austen adaptation, shooting in Donabate

John Manning

Newbridge House and Demesne is being liberally sprinkled with stardust this month with news that a major film starring the likes of Stephen Fry and Kate Beckinsale is being filmed at the Donabate heritage site.

Film crews moved in moved onto the site last week and are understood to be filming at the house for about three weeks.

The film is an adaptation of Jane Austen's 'Lady Susan' and sees Kate Beckinsale and Chloe Sevigny re-united on screen for the first time since their appearance together in 'The Last Days of Disco'.

The Jane Austen adaptation is to be called 'Love and Friendship' and the film is directed by Whit Stillman and also stars Stephen Fry.

The film follows Lady Susan Vernon, played by Kate Beckinsale, a beautiful widow who visits her in-laws under a cloud of controversy and decides to find a new husband while she's there.

Chloe Sevigny will play Lady Susan's friend Alicia, with Stephen Fry playing Alicia's husband, Mr Johnson.

The cast also includes Xavier Samuel, Emma Greenwell, Morfydd Clark, Jemma Redgrave, James Fleet, Tom Bennett and Justin Edwards.

Fingal locations are growing in popularity for film crews and Newbridge House is the latest of our heritage sites to be used as a backdrop for major film and television productions.

Swords Castle was used extensively in the filming of the blockbuster television series, The Tudors while Rush was used as the backdrop for a crucial scene in the Brendan Gleeson film, 'Calvary'.

The 18th century, Newbridge House will provide the perfect setting for the period film.

This fine Georgian house is set in a 360 acre demesne, one of the finest and most complete eighteenth century landscapes in Ireland.

Built by Archbishop Cobbe between 1747 and 1752 to the design of the renowned architect, James Gibbs. Newbridge House is extremely rare in that it still contains most of its original furniture, thanks to an arrangement with the Cobbe family.

It offers many surprises. These include the magnificent Red Drawing Room (one of the finest Georgian interiors in Ireland), the Museum of Curiosities (one of the few family museums in Ireland or Britain) and the ornate plasterwork found throughout the house.

Newbridge House is exceptionally unchanged, preserved for future generations thanks to a unique agreement with the Cobbe Family, who have provided on loan the original furniture, pictures and other works of art on display in the main rooms open to the public.

The Red Drawing Room is one of the finest Irish Georgian interiors and is home to the best documented eighteenth century private art collection in the country.

A private apartment is still maintained for the family continuing a line of occupancy unbroken since the mid 18th century.

Fingal Independent