Far From the Madding Crowd, the film adaptation of the novel by Thomas Hardy, is released today in cinemas across the UK. While Carey Mulligan plays the role of Bathsheba, the true star is of course Mapperton, which was turned into the location of Everdene Farm. Scoring 83% on Rotten Tomatoes, the film has been mostly feted by the critics, with Tony Medley of the esteemed Tolucan Times claiming that it is “one of the best films I’ve seen this century.”
Mapperton features in a long article published today in the Home section of the Sunday Times, which can found by following this link:
Mapperton’s elegant front courtyard was turned into a mud-caked 19th century farmyard for the filming of Far From the Madding Crowd, which is released in cinemas on 1 May. “The whole thing was turned into a complete swamp, all earth and stone,” reveals Lady Sandwich in an article in the Sunday Times today. “They put a heavy tarpaulin of some sort over all the grass in the courtyard, and on top of that they scattered mud and sand and stone and turned it into a very rough surface.”
Today the mud (and the chickens and the longhorn cows) are long gone, and visitors won’t find any trace of the transformation. Except perhaps for the sapling walnut tree, whose progenitor was sacrificed to make way for all that muck.
Don’t miss your chance to visit this delightful manor house when it opens by guided tour to the public on the afternoons of Monday 4th and 25th May. Our knowledgeable guides will bring its history to life and give you an insight into Mapperton today. Booking advisable – please call 01308 862645 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.