Castle Coole in Co Fermanagh is set to be showcased on the big screen as Miss Julie, starring Colin Farrell and Jessica Chastain hits movie houses across the UK from 4 September.
Filmed solely at National Trust locations in Fermanagh, the movie is based on August Strindberg’s play, and adapted for screen by Liv Ullmann.
It stars an award winning cast including Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty, Interstellar), Colin Farrell (True Detective, In Bruges) and Samantha Morton (Control, Minority Report).
Miss Julie was filmed in 2013 at the National Trust’s Castle Coole which is widely recognised as one of Ireland’s finest Neo-classical houses. Key landscape scenes were also filmed at Florence Court in Fermanagh with its dramatic backdrops of mountains and forests.
Jim Chestnutt, National Trust manager in Fermanagh, said: “It’s great to see our beautiful places showcased on a world stage, and brought to life with some of Hollywood’s biggest names. It was really exciting to welcome the cast and crew to Fermanagh, and the feedback they gave us was that they loved their time here.
“Visitors to Castle Coole in September will be able to see original call sheets, scripts and costumes from the movie - including original dresses worn by Jessica Chastain. Other key props include the original kitchen range which was built for the movie and is still in the basement kitchen. So they can get a real behind the scenes experience.
“It’s great to see our beautiful places showcased on a world stage, and brought to life with some of Hollywood’s biggest names.”Jim Chestnutt, National Trust manager in Fermanagh,
“Using our places as filming locations is hugely important as it helps us to look after our special places. The income generated through filming means that we can carry out essential conservation work here. I also hope that the movie helps to raise the profile of Fermanagh which can only be beneficial for the local economy.”
Set in the 1880s, Miss Julie depicts an intense and fierce battle for power and dominance between the troubled daughter of a baron and her father’s ambitious valet.
Played out over one midsummer’s night in Ireland, Miss Julie (Chastain) and John (Colin Farrell) charm and manipulate each other. By turns seductive and bullying, savage and tender, their intimacy leads to desperate plans and visions of a life together. Unsure if the morning brings hope of hopelessness, Julie and John find their escape in a final act as sublime and horrific that befits a Greek tragedy.