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Anne of a Thousand Days (1969)

 

Black and white picture of Anne standing by the fountain at Penshurst Place

Anne by the fountain at Penshurst Place © Universal Pictures

Oscar winning epic film depicting the rise and fall of Anne Boleyn, second wife to Henry VIII.

Universal Pictures Director: Charles Jarrott

Writers:  Maxwell Anderson (Play), Bridget Boland (Screenplay writer), John Hale (Screenplay writer), Richard Sokolove (adaptation)

Starring: Richard Burton, Geneviève Bujold, Anthony Quayle, John Colicos, Irene Papas

Kent Filming Locations:   Hever Castle and Penshurst Place

Geneviève Bujold as Anne © Universal Pictures

Based on the Broadway play by Maxwell Anderson, Anne of a Thousand Days is an account of the rise and fall of the beautiful and ambitious Anne Boleyn (Genevieve Bujold), second wife of the tyrannical Henry VIII (Richard Burton).

The film was nominated for 10 Oscars in 1970, including best picture and won best costume design.  It also won Golden Globes for Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Actress and Best Director.

Hever Castle was an obvious choice for Anne Boleyn’s home, as it was her real-life home. It was used for the scenes where King Henry VIII (Richard Burton) visits the Boleyn household to pursue Anne Boleyn (Genevieve Bujold).

The stunning Kentish scenery of both Hever and Penshurst bought this oscar winning tale to life with Hever Castle being an obvious choice to double as Anne Boleyn’s home, as it was her real-life home and was used for the scenes where King Henry VIII (Richard Burton) visits the Boleyn household to pursue Anne Boleyn (Genevieve Bujold). Hever Castle is now a visitor attraction and includes many 16th century Tudor portraits, furniture and tapestries. The castle also displays two prayer books, signed and inscribed by Anne Boleyn.  The castle has been used for other film projects such as Inkheart, (2008) The Other Boleyn Girl (2008) and Lady Jane (1987).

Exteriors of Penshurst Place were used to double as the King’s court and the stunning formal Tudor gardens were used for the scenes where King Henry VIII (Richard Burton) is shooting targets when Anne Boleyn (Genevieve Bujold) joins him as well as  where she announces her pregnancy. The Gardens, arranged into “garden rooms” each with a different style and character are also open to visitors between March and November. Penshurst Place has been seen on screen in projects such as Walking Through History (2013), The Hollow Crown – Henry V (2012) and  Merlin (2008)

Anne of a Thousand Days was released in 1969 and is now available to buy on DVD.

Links

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

For more information about the film: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0064030/

For more information about Penshurst Place: http://www.penshurstplace.co.uk/

For more information about Hever Castle:  http://www.hevercastle.co.uk/