ITV’s Fearless searched for “David Lynch style” locations in Suffolk and London
The series is produced by Howard Ella, Tom Mullens and Damien Turner, with Patrick Harbinson (Homeland) having penned the script. Screen Suffolk and FilmFixer facilitated the shoots in Suffolk and London respectively.
For the Suffolk portion of the shoot, the production filmed in Bentwaters Parks and the surrounding area.
Screen Suffolk director Karen Everett explains: “it became obvious very early on that this, almost David Lynch style that they were looking for, could best be achieved here in Suffolk. They needed a very distinct landscape that would play an important role in expressing the psychology of key characters. We looked at roads that might work best for some of the stunts needed, open spaces and beaches. We're really looking forward to seeing how it all comes together in the show."
Assistant Location Manager, Chloe Misson adds: "you can't get that look, or create that mood anywhere else - certainly nowhere inside the M25. And we found our Suffolk locations really accessible from London. We stayed in Suffolk for two weeks last autumn with a cast and crew that ranged from 20 to 50 depending on the day. Then we went back in February for lots of driving shots.”
The wide open landscapes of Suffolk provide an intentional contrast between the busy areas of London, particularly Waterloo. Scenes were also filmed in Hall Place (doubling as King’s College), Burgess Park (doubling as Suffolk), Finsbury Park and Surrey County Hall.
Regarding the use of Hall Place, FilmFixer Director, Andrew Pavord comments: “the drinks scene involved 30 extras – on top of 60 cast and crew already there – all of whom could be comfortably accommodated at Hall Place. The series filmed there for two days in October last year, using one room for hair and makeup, another as a green room, with space outside for tech parking and equipment access through the kitchen.”
Inspired by the law careers of Gareth Peirce and Helena Kennedy, Fearless follows the life of Emma Banville, a dedicated solicitor who will stop at nothing to prove her client’s innocence.
The UK is a popular destination for high-budget dramas, due to the country’s 25% tax rebate on filming. A minimum spend of GBP1 million per broadcast hour is required to access the incentive.
Fearless will premiere at 9pm, June 12th on ITV.
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