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August 28, 2013


About Time film locations IT premieres in Cornwall this week and hits cinema screens nationwide on September 4, About Time is a feel good romcom which splits its time between London and Cornwall. Scenes were shot on the south Cornish coast in the summer of 2012. Here we take a look at the locations where the camera rolled.

Vault Beach, Gorran Haven The father and son relationship between the characters played by Bill Nighy and Domhnall Gleeson is central to the film and many of the heart-warming moments they share take place on Vault Beach, near Gorran Haven. More than one kilometre long and covered with golden sand, Vault beach is pitched in the film as being at the foot of the Lake family's idyllic home but behind the camera trickery it is in fact eight miles from the house and is owned by the National Trust. Although somewhat hidden with its nearest car park a ten-minute walk away at Lamledra via the South West Coast Path, it is popular in the summer. The westerly end of the beach which sits in the shelter of Dodman Point, is a favoured spot among naturists.

St Michael Penkevil Church As all good romcoms have an obligatory wedding scene, it's unlikely to give anything away by revealing that St Michael Penkevil Church was the location of choice as the two main characters, Tim and Mary swapped marriage vows. Located in a small village near Truro and positioned within a wooded setting close to the Tregothnan Estate (of Tregothnan Tea fame), the 13th and 14th-century church has long been renowned for its beauty and is no stranger to the cinema spotlight having starred in Rowan Atkinson's comedy hit of 2005, Keeping Mum.

Portloe While St Michael Penkevil Church provided the backdrop for the interior wedding scenes, the small fishing village of Portloe on The Roseland stepped in for the exterior shots. Comfortable in front of the camera, it has welcomed a number of actors in the last decade, not least Dawn French and Catherine Tate for the BBC comedy series Wild West. The 2006 comedy Irish Jam was also filmed in the village and just a stone's throw away, cameras rolled for Channel 4's 1992 serialisation of Mary Wesley's The Camomile Lawn. Favoured by location scouts for being unspoilt and traditional, Portloe is a popular contender for the title of most beautiful village in Cornwall.

Private residence The film moves between London and Cornwall with the family home providing the South West anchor where special occasions are played out. Being a private residence the impressive grade-two listed house isn't available for behind the scene tours, but the onscreen lifestyle portrayed within the four walls by the Lake family will having everyone wishing they owned the key to the front door.

St Austell Rugby Club For eight weeks last summer while its players had hung up their boots for the season, St Austell Rugby Club turned into a pop-up production office. It swapped scrum caps for make-up as it welcomed the About Time cast and crew and played host to the costume and catering departments. The stars of the film retreated to the site for time out between takes treating St Austell to a taste of Hollywood magic.

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