The first full trailer is out for a feature film version of Wuthering Heights that is being filmed in Shropshire.
A new big-screen version of the Emily Bronte classic has been shooting at various locations around Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Powys since last spring and is due to continue filming in south Shropshire in the coming week.
But director Elisaveta Abrahall, who is making the film with production company Three Hedgehogs Films, said the cast and crew were now getting very close to “wrapping” the project, which will then go into post-production and editing.
She said they filmed on Clee Hill on March 12 and have also been at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm near Church Stretton.
She said: “We’ve got more filming from April 18 to 26, then that’s probably about it except for a few pick-up shots.
“We’ll probably be doing more at Acton Scott and we’ve been using the Shropshire hills, going up on to the Long Mynd and so on.”
She said the Shropshire hills were doubling as a backdrop for the tragic love story’s famous moors.
It will go into post-production immediately, with a view to getting it out for the festivals at the tail end of this year and into next year.
“We want to try and get it at Cannes Film Festival.
“After that we want to release it for the 200th anniversary of Emily Bronte’s birth in July 2018,” she added.
The story famously follows the wild, passionate and turbulent romance between Catherine and Heathcliff, set in sweeping and desolate countryside, but Miss Abrahall said there was much more going on than just a love story, which previous versions - though great in their own way - had failed to bring out, often veering away from the original text.
Miss Abrahall, who is based in Hereford, said she was a big Bronte fan and had longed for a definitive version of Wuthering Heights since she read it as a child.
“We simply don’t understand how shocking the notion was that a lady of reasonably high social standing could fall in love with a gipsy – someone not from her own race, not from her own social class – and abandon all convention to be with him at least on a soul level.
“I want to explore all those things and I want to put the social pertinence back into the film that’s never really been explored. I also want to stick very closely to what Emily intended.”
Her film has a £100,000 budget and stars Sha’ori Morris as Catherine Earnshaw and Paul Eryk Atlas as Heathcliff.
It has in part been supported both by the Bronte Society and a crowdfunding campaign.
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