Lights, Camera, Action!

We had a wonderful day of filming at the Michaelhouse Centre yesterday. We were shooting sequences with Margaret Beaufort and James I for our short film about the royal patronage of Great St Mary’s, which will be screened in the new education space in the south lobby. These live-action segments will be intercut with shots of beautiful Cambridge buildings and a voiceover will tell the stories of kings and queens.

My camera ran out of batteries early on, so I only have a few photos to share now, but we got some great shots and missed the worst of the rain! Members of the congregation, professional re-enactors, Kentwell Tudors, Peter Hayler (Chaplain to the University staff) and our hard-working vergers all got involved as cast members.


James I remonstrating with the university men about the gallery in Great St Mary’s which left the congregation’s backs to the altar. Matthew Ward of History Needs You as James and GSM congregation members David and Peter as dons.


A little direction from Jasmine Wingfield, our camera operator

A hapless peasant pushed aside

A hapless peasant pushed aside


Lady Margaret Beaufort sweeps by, unconcerned – played by Julia Barrett

Lady Margaret, her loyal retainer and the hapless peasant

Lady Margaret, her loyal retainer and the hapless peasant

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