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Manchester latest stop for German TV film crew

July 15, 2014

By Paul Leighton, Gloucester Daily Times, Mass.

July 15--MANCHESTER -- A private home here will be a location for the latest scenes being shot for a movie that will run on German television.

The movie, titled "Martha's Dancing," is the 17th in a series of movies for the German television network ZDF. Location manager Tim Gorman described them as "chick flicks" based on romance novels by English author Katie Fforde.

Last week the film company was in Beverly, shooting scenes at the Cabot Street Cinema and across Cabot Street inside Chianti Tuscan Restaurant.

"There aren't many places with a theater like this," said Gorman of the Beverly spot. "It's a great spot."

Gorman, who lives in Watertown, said he helped the production company, Van Wormer International, scout locations along the coast from Maine to New York, and the company picked Cape Ann and the North Shore.

"They really loved the look of these little towns," Gorman said.

Scenes have also been shot at Collins Middle School in Salem (which doubled as a hospital), Essex Aggie in Danvers, on Washington Street in Marblehead, at a horse farm in Hamilton, on Brett Ramsey's houseboat and a whale watch in Gloucester, and at a quarry, beach and firehouse in Rockport.

Shooting is scheduled to wrap up this week at Tewksbury Hospital and the Manchester residence.

Gorman said Massachusetts is an attractive place to shoot movies because of tax incentives, but the filmmakers also look for unique locations that would interest German viewers.

The last five movies in the series were shot in the Hudson Valley in New York.

"Martha's Dancing" has a budget of $750,000, Gorman said. It is scheduled to air in March. The film stars German actors Suzanne Simon, Harald Schrott and Christian Erdmann and is directed by Helmut Metzger.

The plot of "Martha's Dancing" involves a mother and daughter who move from New York City to New England, where the girl has to deal with bullying and the mother juggles two love interests. The characters are American, "but they just happen to speak perfect German," Gorman said.

Paul Leighton can be reached at 978-338-2675 or Staff writer George LeVines contributed to this story.


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