IT’S not every day a Hollywood movie is filmed in your local park.
But Gheluvelt Park off Barbourne Road in Worcester took centre stage yesterday as filming crews took over.
Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Firdaus Productions were filming The Black Prince, which is due to be in cinemas in June 2015.
The film stars Bollywood icons Satinder Sartaaj and Shabana Azmi alongside musician and actor David Essex and English actor Jason Flemyng, known for his roles in Snatch and TV series The Missing, and Parade’s End star, Rupert Everett .
Mr Sartaaj and Mrs Azmi were in the park shooting but Mr Essex had been filming at Eastnor Castle some days earlier.
The film — directed by LA-based filmmaker Kavi Raz — tells the tragic true story of Maharaja Duleep Singh, the last king of the state of Punjab and his exile to England, where he befriends Queen Victoria.
The crews were set to film at Worcester Cathedral later yesterday evening.
Producer Ashwani Chopra said that Gheluvelt Park provided a “beautiful setting” for part of the film.
“We were filming at Eastnor Castle, and when we were driving through the Midlands to Birmingham we realised there was so much beautiful scenery in the area. The location here is beautiful and us being here may help bring other filmmakers to the area.”
Jeff Whitehouse, who lives opposite the park, said he came down to see what was going on.
“It’s very interesting to see. You can watch a film anytime but you don’t often get to see how a film is created and to watch it all come together. It’s incredible to see. There are so many people on set doing so many things but it all runs smoothly, it’s like organised chaos. It looks like a long day though.”
Hilary Lewis, who lives in the Northwick area of Worcester, was walking her dog through the park when she stumbled upon the film crew.
She said: “I asked a member of the team if there was an activity going on in the park today, and they told me they were filming. So I’ve just been watching them for a few hours, it really is fascinating. It’s nice to see something out of the blue going on in Worcester, it’s not very often you come across something like this here.”