Film director on why Bath is best for movie-making
A film director from the city has explained why Bath is his first choice of location filming.
Ex-Monkton Combe School pupil, Giles Foster, returned to Bath at the weekend for a special screening of his latest film, an adaptation of the Rosamunde Pilcher novel The Other Wife.
The film tells the story of the Kendall family who discover that, despite outward appearances, their lives are far from perfect, and was filmed partly in Bath earlier this year.
Mr Foster, along with stars John Hannah and Rupert Everett, spent several weeks in the city in May.
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Locations included a house in the Circus, the Assembly Rooms, which were turned into a London dance school, a house in Lansdown Crescent and Neston Park in Wiltshire.
The 64-year-old said: “I am from Bath. My first film was in Bath when I was just 15, and I’ve filmed another six or seven here since.
“It’s just an easy city to film in and the staff at the film office are great.”
Mr Foster also paid tribute to Martin Jennings-Wright from Bath’s Little Theatre Cinema and Lark Porter from Komedia for their support of independent films such as The Other Wife.
The screening on Saturday was held at Komedia – which has recently opened a new screen which harks back to its days as the Beau Nash cinema – for local members of the crew and people who owned homes and property that were used during the filming.
Mr Foster said: “This is particularly nostalgic for me because my teenage years were spent watching films there. You could say the Little and Bath are the reason why I became a film director and why I am back home again.”
He added: “I just love working here and having a good reason to be in this beautiful city.”
He praised the support of house owners, businesses, schools and Bath and North East Somerset Council’s film office.
The Other Wife was made for Anglo-German production company Gate Television, which also visited Bath three years ago to film Four Seasons – another novel by Pilcher.
It will be shown in Germany over Christmas and is expected to be shown in the UK some time in the New Year.
Mr Foster added that he planned to return to Bath in May or June next year to film another Pilcher story for German television, but was not allowed to reveal which novel it would be.