Hollywood comes to Cromer: Lily James among stars in town for Netflix film
PUBLISHED: 15:07 12 November 2019 | UPDATED: 08:39 13 November 2019
Cromer turned into the backdrop for a Hollywood movie on Tuesday as scores of crew and cast members flooded into the town.
Lily James, known for her roles in Downton Abbey and Cinderella, was among the actors there for the filming of Netflix's period drama The Dig.
In one scene, Ms James braved the cold and rain to stand at the end of Cromer Pier, staring wistfully into the distance, dressed in shorts and a cardigan.
Among those who saw the filming close up was Jess Butcher, who works at the pier's Pavilion Theatre.
She said: "She did a scene looking over the railing and they did a couple of takes of that. It's something different for Cromer!"
Olly Day, Cromer Pier Christmas Show performer, added: "It was funny when she was using the window as a mirror to check her make-up."
Simon Stone, The Dig's Australian director, said the project was going "very well" and they were in Cromer to film honeymoon scenes.
He said: "Luckily at the start of the day it did look a bit like summer."
The film also stars Ralph Fiennes and Carey Mulligan, but they were not seen in town.
The Dig deals with the excavation of the Sutton Hoo ship burial in 1939 in Suffolk, and Ms James plays an archaeology student named Peggy Preston.
More filming took place on the prom and inside and around the Hotel de Paris, and one of the props used was a vintage Morris with a 'just married' sign on the back.
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Chris Bibbey from Braintree, who was staying at the Red Lion Hotel, saw part of the filming early that morning.
He said: "There were 35 extras in their nice, 1930s costumes and they were apparently going to run off onto the beach. There must have been 30 wagons here as well."
But not everyone was starstruck by the film crew's visit. Cromer resident Stephen Feek said the district council's decision to close two car parks - the Meadows and Runton Road - for the crew was "absolutely disgusting". "It's just not good enough to close it," he said. "It's inconsiderate, especially for people who need the disabled parking spaces."
The film is due for release sometime next year.