Emma is a 1996 comedy film based on Jane Austen’s 1815 novel of the same name. Gwyneth Paltrow, Alan Cumming, Toni Collette, Ewan McGregor and Jeremy Northam star in Douglas McGrath’s film, which was written and directed by him. The film earned $22.2 million at the box office on a budget of $7 million.
Emma Woodhouse is a pleasant but naive young woman from early 19th century England. Emma proudly claims credit for bringing the couple together when her governess, Miss Taylor, marries Mr Weston and now sees herself as a matchmaker in her small village. Her father and an old family friend, George Knightley, whose brother is married to Emma’s sister, refute her story and advise against further matchmaking. Ignoring their advice, she devises a plan to marry Mr. Elton, the town minister, to Harriet Smith, an innocent young woman on the fringes of society.
Harriet Smith, an unassuming debutante, is her new “project”, while Emma herself catches the eye of dashing Frank Churchill (Ewan McGregor). Emma’s matchmaking attempts, on the other hand, create more difficulties than they solve, and they may end up jeopardizing her own chances for love and happiness.
And it’s a great story for you. But what is amazing about this film is its costume design and the beautiful locations where it is shot. So here is Where Was Emma (1996) Filmed.
Emma filming locations
Came House in Winterborne Came, South Dorset, serves as the setting for ‘Hartfield’, the home of compulsive matchmaker Emma Woodhouse (Gwyneth Paltrow) and her hypochondriac father. Came House originally appeared in the 1981 BBC television miniseries Sense and Sensibility as “Barton Park”.
It’s two miles south of Dorchester and three miles north of Weymouth, and is now a country house wedding venue, sure to excite Austenite enthusiasts.
Dinner at Hartfield
Some of Hartfield’s interiors were filmed in other locations. The dining room in Stratfield Saye, between Reading and Basingstoke, Hampshire, is where Emma introduces Mr. Elton (Alan Cumming) to Harriet Smith (Toni Collette) and Mr. Weston announces that his son, Frank Churchill ( Ewan McGregor), is back in the community.
Stratfield Saye, once owned by the Pitt family, was purchased by the state in 1817 and gifted to the Duke of Wellington after Napoleon’s defeat at the Battle of Waterloo. Guided excursions allow visitors to see Copenhagen’s tomb, Wellington’s horse from Waterloo and the Duke’s opulent burial vehicle.
Steven Spielberg’s War Horse Cavalry Barracks was recently filmed on the grounds of Stratfield Saye, and The Avengers: Age Of Ultron was also filmed there.
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Where Frank Churchill went to confession
Syon House’s long gallery, Syon Park, is Hartfield’s book-lined gallery, where Emma later senses that Frank Churchill is going to vent his feelings for her. The mansion is located on the north bank of the River Thames, 8 miles west of London, off the A4 between Brentford and Isleworth (underground/rail: Gunnersbury Park), in gardens created by Capability Brown. The public is invited to visit the large hall.
Other of its magnificent halls and halls can be seen in The Madness of King George, Joseph Losey’s Accident, The Wings of the Dove and even The Avengers (the 1998 image based on the Sixties TV series) and Transformers: The Last Knight. Evershot, eight miles south of Yeovil in Dorset, is the local community of “Highbury, Surrey”, where the Old Manor stands in for the school and the main thoroughfare, Fore Street, is adorned with sheepfolds and straw. At 21 Fore Street, the “Haberdashery Shop” is the village’s double-fronted post office.
Evershot inspired the Thomas Hardy novel “Evershead”, in which Tess of the d’Urbervilles goes to have breakfast.
Mr. Knightley’s House
Crichel House, Newtown, a private residence nestled in 400 acres of parkland, is located in Dorset and serves as the exterior of ‘Donwell Abbey’, the home of Mr Knightley (Jeremy Northam).
In 1742, a fire largely damaged the original Tudor house. It was restored for Sir William Napier by Francis Cartwright and one of the Bastard brothers, John Bastard (if you’re curious, Bastard is an old Norman surname from before illegitimacy became a posh social stigma) . The local hamlet was moved to improve the view from the house, hence the nickname “New Town”. That was then, wasn’t it?
the big dance
The magnificent yellow and white rococo North Hall of Claydon House, Middle Claydon, a National Trust property 13 miles north-west of Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire, where Harriet is cruelly snubbed, and Mr Knightley thoughtfully intervenes and asks her to dancing, is the magnificent yellow and white rococo north hall of Claydon House, Middle Claydon, a grand 18th century house decorated with stunning woodcarvings by Luke Lightfoot.
Claydon was also featured in the 2015 film Far From The Madding Crowd as the residence of Mr. Boldwood (Michael Sheen). Mrs Clark is ill and Emma and Harriet visit her in one of the 17th century Helyar almshouses in East Coker, Somerset. The Hospices are still in operation as residences for the elderly.
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