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Filming underway at castle as Cornwall gets starstruck
Filming has been taking place at Restormel Castle near Lostwithiel for a new film, with some residents being asked to get involved.
5th May 2021
By Ollie Young
Rumours that a Game of Thrones prequel is being filmed at Lostwithiel’s Restormel Castle are understood to be wide of the mark.
The county is riddled with Game of Thrones fever as the ‘House of Dragon’ prequel, which is set before the contents of the globally popular television series, has begun filming at locations across the Duchy.
In recent weeks, filming has been taking place at Restormel Castle with numerous residents seeing smoke billowing across the valley.
A spokesperson for English Heritage, which owns and operates the castle, told the Voice: “We can confirm there is a shoot at Restormel Castle but I’m afraid we are not able to give any more details at present.”
However, it has since come to light that it is not Game of Thrones filming, but a new feature film by director Joe Wright.
Wright boasts an impressive back catalogue of films, including Pride and Prejudice, Anna Karenina and The Darkest Hour.
It is unclear what project he is currently working on and what role Restormel Castle has to play in it.
The link to Game of Thrones filming arrived after it was confirmed that parts of the new series for the fantasy drama are being filmed at Holywell Bay, in Newquay and St Michael’s Mount.
HBO Max has confirmed the new series, which includes actors Emma D’Arcy, who will play Rhaenyra Targaryen, former Doctor Who Matt Smith, as Daemon Targaryen, and Rhys Ifans best known for Notting Hill, will air next year. In fact, Smith and D’Arcy have been spotted on set in Newquay by keen onlookers.
Warner Brothers lorries carrying lighting and rigging have been photographed as well as marquees and static caravans.
Holywell Bay resident Chris Cox said: “People are excited about it. There is a real buzz going around.
“We have had quite a lot of filming at Holywell Bay over the years including Poldark and the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies in 2003.”
Mark Godsell from Visit Newquay added: “We are delighted.
“To be featured in such a popular television series will showcase Newquay and Cornwall to viewers from across the world as they try to track the locations of the shots.
“This can only benefit Cornwall’s tourism industry and economy. We are looking forward to watching the show and spotting the Gull Rocks at Holywell Bay.”
Tourism bosses say it is another boost for the area.
Malcolm Bell, chief executive of Visit Cornwall, said: “People visit Holywell Bay to see where parts of Poldark was filmed but Game of Thrones is on a totally different scale.
“I think it could have a similar affect to what The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings had on tourism in New Zealand.”
It is understood that several residents from Lostwithiel have been involved in the filming at Restormel, with news on the project expected sometime later this year.