Story will be filmed in the place where it all happened
FILMING of a new romantic drama set among Cornwall's artistic community on the eve of the Great War is due to begin on Sunday.
The cast of Summer In February, headed by Dominic Cooper (The Devil's Double) and Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey), will spend four weeks filming in the Penzance area.
Adapted from Jonathan Smith's novel, the production tells the true story of a love triangle among the Edwardian artists' colony at Lamorna Cove in 1913.
One of the three producers, Jeremy Cowdrey, told The Cornishman: "The cast arrived on Monday and we'll start filming on Sunday. We're going to spend four of the seven weeks in Cornwall."
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Shooting will take place not only at Lamorna Cove but at various other coves between 30 and 40 minutes away.
"We could have filmed it anywhere in the world but we were determined to do it here, where it all happened," said Mr Cowdrey. "It's a true story and, because it's about a Bohemian artists' colony, the exciting thing is to recreate it, splash Cornwall and bring the county alive."
The production team has been advertising for local extras for a day to take part in scenes set at the Buryan Race in February.
"As the story's based on true events that happened 100 years ago the extras will be dressed up, and it's a day of filming at St Buryan, or somewhere near St Buryan, for the racing scene," said Mr Cowdrey.
"We have quite a few extras already but it would be nice to have some more."
All ages will be considered; men with short hair and women with shoulder-length hair are preferred.
Cooper plays the painter Alfred Munnings and Stevens is local land agent and Boer War veteran Gilbert Evans, who become rivals for the love of artist Florence Carter-Wood, played by Ophelia Lovibond (Mr Popper's Penguins).
First published in 1996, Smith's novel was based on Evans's own diaries, discovered in the attic following his death in 1966.
Summer In February is directed by Christopher Medaul and produced by CrossDay Productions in association with Apart Films.
For further information about the production visit www.summerinfebruary.com