Inkheart (2008)

Silvertongue played by Brendan Fraser reading to a young Meggie in a study/library

Silvertongue played by Brendan Fraser reading to a young Meggie © Entertainment Film Distributors Ltd 

Director: Iain Softly

StarringHelen Mirren, Brendan Fraser, Eliza Bennett, Jim Broadbent, Paul Bettany

Kent locations used: Hever Castle

Based on the best selling novel by Cornelia Funke, Inkheart is about Mo ‘Silvertongue’ Folchart (Brendan FraserThe Mummy) who has a special gift when reading aloud: the characters come to life. One night, he unknowingly brings to life three characters from a novel entitled Inkheart who kidnap him. Now it is up to Mo’s daughter Meggie (Eliza Bennett - Nanny McPhee) and her great-aunt Eleanor (Helen Mirren - The Queen) to rescue him from the cruel dictator Capricorn (Andy SerkisLord of the Rings) and return the characters back to the pages of Inkheart. Alongside her real and fictional friends, Meggie learns the importance of family and having a place to call home.

Andy Serkis holding the Inkheart book

Andy Serkis in Inkheart © Entertainment Film Distributors Ltd. Photo: Close Murray

Helen Mirren wearing a red headscarf

Helen Mirren © Entertainment Film Distributors Ltd. Photo: Close Murray

Inkheart filmed at Hever Castle for three weekstransforming the historical site into the Italian lakeside home of Great Aunt Elinor as the historical home of Anne Boleyn and the beautiful Italian gardens complete with a lake were ideal for this family-orientated fantasy film.

Based near Edenbridge, Hever has long been a popular filming location from Anne of a Thousand Days filmed in 1969 to this modern adaptation.

Hever Castle is a thirteenth century Tudor castle near Edenbridge, Hever which was originally the home of the Boleyn family.  Hever Castle is a popular filming location with its stunning Italianate gardens, beautiful lake and a mock Tudor village. Hever Castle was used for three weeks for the filming of Inkheart as the location was perfect for a fantasy film.  Hever has also be used for other productions such as  Walking through History (2013),  The Other Boleyn Girl (2008) and Anne of a Thousand Days (1969).

Inkheart was released in cinemas in December 2008 and can now be bought on DVD.

Links

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

For more information about Inkheart visit http://www.inkheartmovie.com/

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