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Elizabeth: The Golden Age

Date posted: 31.10.2007

Working Title’s Elizabeth sequel, due for release on 2 November, shot extensively at Pinewood Studios Group and at various other London locations.

Elizabeth: The Golden Age explores the relationship between Elizabeth I (Cate Blanchett) and Sir Walter Raleigh (Clive Owen). The production was based at Shepperton Studios and large sequences, such as an Armada battle, were also filmed there.

A full size reconstruction of Sir Walter Raleigh's 'Tyger' ship was undertaken on H-Stage. Pinewood’s unique underwater filming facility was used to stage a warship on fire with special entry and exit platforms rigged into the tank allowing easy access for stunt horses. Trained animals swam across the 18 metre long, permanently filled tank, alongside which fire effects were created via a gas pipe.

The Queen's private chambers and tent interiors, to match previous exterior shots taken at Brean Down in Somerset, were also re-created on other stages.

Additional London locations used during the 2006 shoot, include Westminster Cathedral and the Church of St. Bartholomew-The-Great. These were respectively used as the Escorial Palace in Spain as King Philip II decides to launch the Spanish Armada; and for the execution of Mary Queen of Scots.

Justin Pollard, Historical Researcher for Elizabeth: The Golden Age, has written a production blog which outlines not only what his role entailed, but also further details of the actual shoot. This is available to read on Working Title’s website.

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