Phantom Thread press release
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Daniel Day-Lewis lives at Owlpen Manor during filming of Phantom Thread
Tudor Manor house in the Cotswolds is a principal filming location and private bolt-hole for actor in his last ever film
Nicholas and Karin Mander, owners of Owlpen Manor in the Gloucestershire Cotswolds, today announced their involvement in the filming of Phantom Thread as the film’s principal filming location outside of London. A film crew of up to 150 people spent three weeks filming in the Tudor manor house, the grounds and the medieval Cyder Barn, in early 2017. The house was the location for the country house of Reynolds Woodcock, the film’s protagonist played by Daniel Day-Lewis.
Owlpen Manor is a private estate in a secluded Cotswold valley, with nine private romantic holiday cottages. Due to its privacy, lead actors such as Daniel Day-Lewis and Vicky Krieps stayed on the estate for three weeks while the filming took place. “The made themselves at home”, says Karin Mander, owner of the house. “Daniel used to come into the kitchen for coffee in the mornings before filming began, and Vicky loved our dogs. She missed her little boy, who came to stay with his grandmother. When the filming finally finished, they didn’t want to leave!”
Jason Wheeler, senior location manager on the film, explains how Owlpen Manor was chosen. “Paul [Thomas Anderson, director] finds filming on location really important, as good locations add really special texture and beauty which you cannot replicate in a studio. Owlpen was unique really: it was homely and lived in, and also spectacularly beautiful. It also helped that we could close the estate for as long as we were there, so we could be completely private in our own little bubble while we made the film.”
Jason Wheeler, senior location manager on the film, explains how Owlpen Manor was chosen. “ There were to be no sets whatsoever in the making of Phantom Thread – every scene would be shot on location. We scoured the length and breath of England in our searches and any suggestion would undergo the severest level of scrutiny before being chosen, such is the fastidious attention to detail of Writer/Director Paul Thomas Anderson. When we visited Owlpen Manor for the first time we knew we had found somewhere very special indeed. Hidden away in a secluded Cotswold valley, Owlpen is a uniquely beautiful home in a truly spectacular setting. Being able to close the estate during our filming meant we could immerse ourselves completely and privately in the warmth and intimacy of that world and the results on film speak for themselves. It was a genuine privilege spending time there and everyone was rather sad to leave.”
Nicholas Mander, who owns the house and has spent a lifetime restoring it, showed Daniel Day-Lewis and Paul Thomas Anderson around the house when they first came to visit. “Daniel loved the beauty of the valley, and also Arts and Crafts furniture in the house, partly because he once wanted to be a cabinet maker himself,” says Mander. “He saw it as exactly the sort of place his character would have spent time away from the hubbub of his London fashion house. We got the sense that as soon as he came to visit, something clicked. We couldn’t quite believe what had happened, and not long after there were over 100 people buzzing around day and night, and Daniel was living up the road in one of our holiday cottages.”
Phantom Thread is largely shot in a Georgian House in London, which is the setting for the character Reynolds Woodcock’s high society fashion house. Owlpen Manor plays the secondary location, as the house where the character escapes to. One of the fim’s main scenes, where heroine Alma prepares mushrooms, was filmed in the Owlpen kitchen. “They hired in a removal firm to clear out everything from our house, and we had to live in the boot room with the dogs for three weeks,” says Karin. “Not having a kitchen drove me a bit mad. But at least they let us eat all our meals from the catering truck. That was a bonus as their food was delicious!”
The name Phantom Thread chimes with the atmosphere of Owlpen: a house has stood on the site for over 1000 years and it boasts a large household of resident ghosts, including a cheeky little girl who moves things around, and the wife of Henry 6th, Queen Margaret of Anjou, who stayed there in 1471.
Phantom Thread is currently on general release.
Notes to Editors:
- Phantom Thread is is in cinemas nationwide. It is the second collaboration between Daniel Day-Lewis and Paul Thomas Anderson, after Day-Lewis won Best Actor Oscar for their 2007 film There Will Be Blood. The film has been nominated for six Oscar including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor.
- Owlpen Manor is a privately owned Tudor manor house dating back to 1450, and once described as “the most beautiful place in England”. It has been a filming location for major TV and films such as Tess of the d’Urbervilles (BBC, 2008), The Other Boleyn Girl, Countryfile and Most Haunted.
- Visitors can rent the holiday cottages used by Daniel Day-Lewis and other actors and crew on the estate: most are built of Cotswold stone and some are listed buildings. All are private, romantic and unique.
- The Mander family conduct private tours of the manor house and famous landscaped gardens.
- The medieval cyder barn, gardens and grounds are used as an exclusive wedding venue in the spring and summer months.
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