Daphne du Maurier documentary – Paris premier
14th January 2017: Last Spring Arte, the company making a documentary about Daphne du Maurier for French television, came to Fowey to film in the very place that many of Daphne’s books are set. Lady Tessa Montgomery, Daphne’s eldest daughter and Tatiana de Rosnay, well known internationally for her fiction and now the author of Manderley For Ever, the first biography about Daphne du Maurier to be published in France, were also in Fowey for the filming. Locations included St Catherine’s Castle, Ferryside, Bookends of Fowey and Lanhydrock House.
Later in the summer filming moved to University College, Oxford, where Laura Varnam, a lecturer in Old and Middle English Literature and quite separately an expert on Daphne du Maurier, made her contribution to the film. Laura provided information and advice on aspects of Daphne’s life and work and took part in the filming.
During the winter the film has gone through the editing process and, in February of this year, it will be premiered in Paris before being shown on television in France and number of other countries.
It is believed that interest in the film will be so great that a DVD of it will be made available for sale, in order to satisfy the interest of Daphne’s many followers across the world.
Lady Tessa Montgomery and Ann Willmore, during filming in Fowey, Spring 2016.
A buzz of excitement outside Bookends, during filming in Fowey, Spring 2016.