The Collector (1965)

Freddie Clegg (Terence Stamp) is knelt down in a field holding a jar which contains a captured butterfly.

Freddie Clegg (Terence Stamp) in The Collector © Columbia Pictures

Directed By: William Wyler

Starring: Terence Stamp, Samantha Eggar, Maurice Dallimore

Production Company:  Collector Company, Columbia Pictures Corporation

Kent locations used: Gabriel’s Manor in Edenbridge and Westerham Village

The Collector is a psychological thriller based on the fantasies of Freddie Clegg (Terence Stamp). His obsession with collecting beautiful objects begins innocently with butterflies. However, after several years of stalking the woman he loves, Miranda (Samantha Eggar), he decides he must collect her. After locking the pretty art student in an outbuilding on his property, he hopes that in time she will fall in love with him.  Miranda soon realises that there is a chance she may never escape.

Freddie Clegg (Terence Stamp) is staring up at a large detached house near to where he caught the butterfly.

Gabriels Manor, Edenbridge © Columbia Pictures

Directed by Three time Oscar winner William Wyler (Miss Miniver 1943, The Best Years of Our Lives 1947, Ben Hur 1960) and starring Terence Stamp (Smallville, Wanted), Samantha Eggar (Hercules, Dr Dolittle) , Maurice Dallimore(Johnny Got His Gun).

Westerham makes a brief appearance towards the end of the film when Freddie goes looking for a doctor. Westerham is a pretty Kentish town known for its stately homes, beautiful gardens, monuments and country pubs.  It is located in the Sevenoaks district and easily commutable from London.

Also located in Sevenoaks is Edenbridge, a small town with a largely medieval character. Gabriel’s Manor in Edenbridge was the perfect setting for Freddie’s house with its secluded location, private driveway and outhouse located at the front of the property.

The Collector was first released in 1965 and is now available to buy on DVD.

Links

For more information about filming in Kent email: filmoffice@kent.gov.uk

For more information about The Collector: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0059043/?ref_=ttloc_loc_tt

For more information about Westerham: http://www.visitwesterham.org.uk/

For more information about Edenbridge: http://www.edenbridgetown.com/

MMFor more information about Kent’s Filming History please visit our Movie Map: http://kentfilmoffice.co.uk/kent-movie-map/moviemap-live-2/