20th Century Fox’s electrifying Victor Frankenstein hits US cinemas tomorrow
Tomorrow sees the release of the eagerly anticipated Victor Frankenstein (Twentieth Century Fox) starring James McAvoy (X:Men: First Class, The Last King of Scotland) and Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Kill Your Darlings).
Produced in the UK, the film puts a new spin on the legendary Gothic story of man, science and morality, this time told from the perspective of the troubled young assistant, Igor.
UK locations are a triumph for Frankenstein
The production made use of some fantastically beautiful locations in Scotland, featuring the stunning Dunnottar Castle in Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire, whose incredible design and amazing cliff-side location is the perfect setting to house Frankenstein and his monster. The beach below the castle as well as Glen Callater and Loch Callater, also serve as striking locations, in keeping with the film’s mix of science fiction and eerie Victorian Gothic.
While Scotland provided the perfect chilling aesthetic, the film was in no way limited to this area, as the production made use of various other impressive locations around the UK. London was once again a location hotspot, with the exterior and grounds of architecturally impressive Greenwich Old Naval College (Skyfall, Thor: The Dark World) providing an ideal backdrop for the Victorian London street scenes integral to the story.
Hatfield House, Hertfordshire (Batman Begins, V for Vendetta), Manchester Town Hall (Sherlock Holmes, The Iron Lady), Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Downton Abbey) and exterior scenes shot at The Historic Docklands Chatham, Kent (Suffragette) also feature throughout, all of which have been used numerous times in many films illustrating the versatility and scope of UK locations.
A victory for UK cast and crew
As well as featuring Scotland’s atmospheric locations, the film also capitalised on a wealth of Scottish talent, on and off screen including director Paul McGuigan (Lucky Number Slevin), producer Mairi Bett (The World’s End, Jane Eyre), composer Craig Armstrong (The Great Gatsby, Love Actually) and award-winning leading man James McAvoy as the notorious Victor Frankenstein himself, cementing the film’s connection north of the border in both setting and industry talent.
The rest of the cast and crew further emphasise the abundance of talent the UK has to offer. Home-grown Hollywood star Daniel Radcliffe features as the disturbed protagonist Igor, with appearances from Andrew Scott (Spectre, Sherlock), Jessica Brown-Findlay (Downton Abbey), Freddie Fox (Pride, The Riot Club) and Charles Dance (Game of Thrones, The Imitation Game). The film also involved casting director Jina Jay (Macbeth, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban), and production designer Eve Stewart (Les Miserables, The King’s Speech), truly making Victor Frankenstein a shining example of UK-based film production.
UK VFX brings the monster to life
VFX companies Moving Picture Company (Life of Pi, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows); Nvisible (Spectre, Patient Zero) and the Senate Visual Effects (The Martian, Maleficent) all lent their expertise to the film. These UK-based facilities created the visual effects that brought to life the unnatural scientific experiments and, of course, Frankenstein’s monster itself- all illustrating the production skill and talent to be found here in the UK.
For more information on the UK’s world-class VFX and post industry, take a look at our directory on the BFC website.
Coming soon to a castle near you…
Victor Frankenstein is out for US release on the 25th of November, and will reach UK cinemas on December 3rd.