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London plays France in A Little Chaos

Date posted: 15.04.2015

Alan Rickman's upcoming period drama A Little Chaos focuses its lens on the Palace of Versailles, where renowned landscape architect André Le Notre (Matthias Schoenaerts) has been commissioned to design the royal gardens. When he hires the creative and talented Sabine (Kate Winslet), eyebrows are raised. Not only do her views clash with Le Notre's, but she's also a woman.

Following its premiere at TIFF, A Little Chaos has received wide acclaim at festivals internationally, and opens in UK cinemas this Friday.

London as France

For the A Little Chaos shoot, London provided a convincing double for the France of the Grand Siècle.

"Finding 17th Century France here in London and the south east was certainly a challenge, but the wealth of beautifully preserved historic interiors within reasonable reach made for a wonderful architectural landscape for the film," says Location Manager Jonah Coombes.

"The design for the various locations helped bring it all together very well and gave Alan the world he needed for the telling of his story."

The production took great advantage of England's many stately homes and historical buildings. "Richmond's Ham House proved a perfect double for the Chateau," lauds Coombes.

As told to National Gardening Week, Kate Winslet marvels, "We have such incredible palaces in England. There are these beautiful stately homes that we were very fortunate to access. Our crew cleverly made it feel like that opulent, decadent, French world!"

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